[NAFEX] The squirrel pressure is just too intense.
machelp at attglobal.net
Fri Jul 2 14:44:38 EDT 2004
The squirrels did in my 4 trees of peach crop in June, then ended the month by chewing the little pears from my reliable old tree and throwing them on the ground. My best plum crop ever is waiting and I am wondering if it will go the way of the peaches and pears.
The squirrel pressure is just too intense. I throw barley seed on the ground, turn it over, and by the time I make the back stairs to the house up to 5 are already working the seed.
Short of trapping and gassing, can anyone think of natural controls for squirrels that can be brought to bear? I've thought of taking a 10' pole and mounting it high on a tall alder as an extended naked surface the raptors could land on to look the area over.
Locally been told the 3 main predators of squirrel are:
1. Fisher .......... we have fishers here in the area
2. Pine Martens ............... they're much further north in the northern woods of NH and Maine
3. Red Tailed Hawks .......... we got plenty hawks, don't know which species.
getting gnawed out in zone 5 / Massachusetts
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