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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stalking the Wild Squirrel - Part 4

You all know how I feel about squirrels, don't you? Yep, thought so. Good thing Parental Unit does too, because the other day she was going through some New York Times that she'd saved, and ran across this article in the Dining Section titled: "Saving A Squirrel By Eating One", that discusses the problem our British friends were having with an overabundence of gray squirrels, and their, uh, solution to the problem.
Read that full (I mean "filling") article here:
www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/dining/07squirrel.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=Marlena%20Spieler&st=cse

It seems that the Brits favor red squirrels over the gray kind, and the gray were taking over, so they decided to "cull" those dang gray squirrels by hunting them and providing them to local butchers. I almost passed out when I read that there are "literally millions of squirrels rampaging throughout England, Scotland, and Wales at any given time...".  Anyone want to hop on the next flight with me?

Anyway, instead of what we Americans call "the British invasion" (those wonderful lads from Liverpool and their progeny for which all Americans will be eternally grateful), it seems that those pesty gray squirrels were brought over from North America and are regarded as "invading interlopers that are crowding out a British icon, the indigenous red squirrel...". (Invasion indeed- and a fine thank-you for almost five decades of fabulous music!)

Back to my own backyard: I've noticed that squirrel activity is picking up-those varmits are already stocking up for the winter! So I've been on high alert for the last few days.

Here I am sniffing out the yard-they run along the top of my fencepost to get to the next tree! Don't they ever just fall off with all their scurrying?

Just missed em'!

We've got to get together on this squirrel invasion, folks! Whadaya say?

23 comments:

Tank said...

Hi Bocci - Miss Twinkie suggested that I feed the idiots to the squirrels...I thought it was good advice, but the downside is that I have to keep the squirrels around until the idiots are all gone. Do you realize how many idiots there are in the world? This is gonna take awhile:(

H Ski said...

Lola would be more than happy to come help. I bet you could get a whole team together and be very successful.

Gus said...

OK, I am in for the duration, and I have Teka the Terrible and Miss Ivy with me.

gussie

Life with 5 dogs said...

Squirrels is what we all love for we would chase them all day. The ones at our house have built there nest right above the deck. Naughty Naughty SQUIRRELS!

Maggie and Mitch said...

We'll bring mom's BIGGEST soup pot! Squirrel stew sounds pretty darn good to us!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

George the Lad said...

Lol I think we have more problems with rats then grey squirrels, and I've not seen any rats for sale to eat, but we do call grey squirrels tree rats.
The red squirrel mainly lives in pine forests, so the idea is to stop the grey squirrels from getting to them, as they are bigger and can chase them off to get the food.
I found the article quite funny the fact that it looks like we are over run with them, a bit like the plague (as I said we have more rats)
Jan

Keisha said...

Wow! I would have fun chasing them. :)

Maggie Mae said...

Bocci,

Count me in! I luvs to chase dose tree rats!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Mr. Pip said...

Count me in, too! I am not very good at chasing, but I can serve as the lookout dog!

Your pal, Pip

Bocci said...

Ha! It looks like we've got a real team here-we even have Pip as our look-out, and Maggie and Mitch to bring the pot to ccok em' in-how great is that?!

And thanks to George for explaining from a British perspective :-)

24 Paws of Love said...

Count us in!! We are becoming pretty good as chasing those buggers down, though mommy always takes them away after we catch them. NO FAIR!! So we just won't bring mommy with us. She probably wouldn't even notice we are gone. She keeps talking about needing a vacation anyways.

Noah said...

I will herd em up....you catch them Bocci!!

Rachel Lauren Photography said...

I had no idea of this squirrel invasion! When Zero is better and herself again, she will patrol with you :)

3 doxies said...

Oh dis is just disgusting!
Them squirrels DO falls outta them trees when they goes to scurrying...trust me, I sees it all da time.
In da fall it ain't nuttin to sees 10-15 squirrels JUST in MY yard. They be's stealing our pecans.
I says we must formulate a plan and fast cuz fall will be heres soon.
Oh and one more thing. Clemson University is near us and they cames up withs da idea to traps da squirrels and sterlize them so they don't reproduce...weird!

Puddles

Noah said...

Noah has awarded you at his blog!

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

One of my dogs, Mickey, goes INSANE when he sees a squirrel. He also gets a little overexcited when he sees a fluttering leaf... he has high hopes of staging a massacre I'm sure...

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

We've been so busy trying to defend the homefront against squirrel invasions that I don't think we have the dog-power to send reinforcements elsewhere. But we'll be sending death-ray thoughts to those other squirrel. *ahem*

Hey!!! We got your card yesterday (and really nifty business cards, BTW - we MUST get some!) - thank you so much! We'll be getting a paw-it-forward post going here soon. Thank you!!! (Even if it made Mom all sniffly about TaiChi, she was still very pleased!)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Mutant Alien Pod Puppy

Bocci said...

So glad you enjoyed, Fiona, Abby, and Dr. Liz! Our pleasure!

Your buddy,
Bocci

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

Hi Bocci! We found your blog through the Blog Hop.

Layla hates squirrels too. She's almost caught one a few times. Instead of trying to jump up and catch the squirrels as they're running along the top of the fence (our fence is the same type as yours), she's decided that if she runs really hard and body slams the fence with her shoulder, there's a 50/50 chance that the squirrels will fall into our yard.

If you decide to go overseas and "help out" with their squirrel overpopulation, I'm sure Layla would love to join you!

Lily said...

Stopping by from Over 40, and I have enjoyed looking around.
~Lily
www.neverfadingwood.blogspot.com

Lorenza said...

I have never seen a squirrel in my life but sure I'd love to help you!
Sounds exciting to chase them!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Bocci said...

Lorenza,
We're going to have to send ya a close-up picture! Click on the article I mentioned in the post-they're pretty cute :-)

Your buddy,
Bocci

lillij said...

I'm all for it! Let's get'em I hate squirrels. I stand vigil at the back window at my house and watch them scurry around in the trees. When Mom let's me out I track them. They are EVERYWHERE! One problem -- I've never been on an airplane before. Do the flight attendants give tummy rubs?

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