dcrane wrote:well, if they were all climbing your house and ripping out shingles and windows and hopping up on the roof looking down on you smiling while they beat their chests like lil' gorillas you might think the same way
franco b wrote:dcrane wrote:well, if they were all climbing your house and ripping out shingles and windows and hopping up on the roof looking down on you smiling while they beat their chests like lil' gorillas you might think the same way
They are not doing that though. They are gnawing a few 2x 4 in your shed.
Moth balls or powdered ammonia have been used as a repellent or add a strip to the bottom of the door.
It's the knee jerk reaction I find all too revealing in human behavior. The unwillingness to put up with the slightest intrusion to what we regard as ours. Kill it without trying other things. In China they killed off the song birds.
We probably owe our very existence to those among us in the distant past who felt a rapport with the animals they came into contact with. The deepest understanding of the evolution of human behavior has been through animal studies, not in laboratories but in the wild.
Wanton killing is the subject, not squirrels.
dcrane wrote:I did try the moth balls for sure (My sqirrels just chew em up and spit em back at me), But i will spray the shed with protectant first chance i get as a last ditch effort (im not using creosote because that chits nasty) but ill try something before i lay down law with these lil buggers.
SMITTY wrote:I've got a thing where I don't kill something I'm not going to eat.
I don't have a problem with that. It's the killing for fun that strikes me as sick.
LOL. If I wanted to relocate my squirrels, it would be a full time job. As I look out my front window right now, there are at least a dozen on the lawn. I've got a bunch of huge oaks. They thrive on the acorns. Over the years I have watched their population rise and fall with the acorn crop. Some years there are not very many acorns and some years it's tough to walk on the lawn. Last couple years were good acorn years so we are up to our ass in squirrels.
You're in the relocating business. Maybe you could gather up the critters some night and relocate 'em to coalkirks front yard. From the sounds of it, they would blend right in.
franco b wrote:Yes, and your views are held by millions of perfectly decent people as I think you are though it is not the gray but the black and white that is the problem.
The attitude of our Native Americans I think was ideal. They had to kill but it was with respect and with the knowledge that they also were part of that animal world and were kin to those animals in spirit. There was not the casualness that to me borders on barbarism. They were far ahead of us.
Human beings were never born with sets of deadly weapons such as a Lion or Grizzly has and as a result never developed the inhibitions against using them that those animals did. We probably spent most of our years as prey rather than predators. When we did acquire them we lacked inhibition and that lack is pretty apparent in world history. We are more like rabbits whose fights with one another are more deadly than lions.
I know that the story of man and animals is one of tragedy, even among those we love and call pets as any visit to a humane society will confirm.