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  1. #1
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    Default !@#$ing squirrel...

    There is a squirrel who has a taste for my tomatoes. He decimated them last year and lately has been coming back and raiding them this year as well. I have patio tomatoes, all grape/cherry size... last year I had 6 plants, this year I had 19, because I figured at least then he could get a couple and I'd still have some. d;

    I tried putting ziploc bags over the ripening ones in the hopes that maybe he wouldn't notice them, and that worked for a while, but now he's figured it out and just rips off the baggies.

    Since they're on our porch, I can't do any sort of elaborate netting or physical barrier really because it would block the rest of the patio.

    My dog is scared of him.

    Any ideas?



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    BB gun <evil grin>
    Quote Originally Posted by Mozart View Post
    Personally, I think the moderate use of shock collars in training humans should be allowed.



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    you can have my dog (min pin) She LOVES chasing squirrels! we live in a housing tract and a squirrel come over the fence to get our figs. Our dogs goes NUTS because she get can't it because it goes back over the fence too fast!



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    Own a corgi? Mine goes ape if anything small and furry (or feathery) comes into her yard. If my hubby notices one he open the door really slow.. points the corgi in the right direction and once she takes notice she's off like rocket barking the whole way lol.
    But yes a pellet gun would work as well... otherwise I would think netting would be the only thing you really can do?



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    Chicken fried squirrel tastes just like.... chicken

    Seriously though. If you can get past the cuteness they are quite tasty.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mlranchtx View Post
    Chicken fried squirrel tastes just like.... chicken

    Seriously though. If you can get past the cuteness they are quite tasty.
    Roast it and stick a cherry tomato in it's greedy mouth!

    (I still think I'd pass on that dinner though)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mozart View Post
    Personally, I think the moderate use of shock collars in training humans should be allowed.



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    The easiest thing to do is to bring the full sized tomatoes into the house and put them in a brown paper bag on the counter or in a cabinet. Tomatoes ripen in the dark so the constant darkness just speeds things along as well as keep them safe. Either that or bird netting.



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    “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
    John Adams



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    Fordtraktor Family Recipe for Squirrel Dumplings

    1 squirrel, skinned and gutted (2 even better)
    Cut squirrel into quarters
    Flour well; fry quarters in lard or butter until brown
    add carrots, celery, onion, water to cover; cook on low-medium heat until al dente
    drop biscuit dough (any kind) on top in dollops; cook on low heat until dough is cooked through and meat is falling apart. stir and enjoy!

    Tastes like rabbit.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank B View Post

    You know, I must be truly sheltered, I had NO IDEA there were so many people with video camersa and nothing else to do.....wow

    Adding, the squirrel launcher was fab!!
    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
    carolprudm



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    LOL at the replies!

    I think I'm leaning toward squirrel dumplings...

    Man, I am a nonviolent animal lover who was vegetarian for a long time, but I have a hard time not accelerating when I see that little bastard cross the road...



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