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    Default Wild Neighbors

    Yesterday, two velvet bucks and a doe were feeding in our meadow by the river. The place to the north has been scalped by year-round horse grazing and the surrounding public land is severely cowburnt. So our patch of native veg has become a wildlife refuge. A doe birthed twin fawns in the dense cover by the river. Now that the ephemeral streams on the mountain are dry, the deer will be crossing our place to drink at the river. I love seeing them.







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    Default Re: Wild Neighbors

    Wow! It must be great to see them that close you can get such good photos like those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Wow! It must be great to see them that close you can get such good photos like those.
    Taken from about 120 yards off. If I approached them, they'd spook and dash off. My camera has a long (10X) telephoto lens, which is why the photos are a bit grainy. Here's one of a fox, nearer the house.



    There's a predator call, sort of a dying rabbit squeal, that makes them stand still just long enough for a picture.

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    Do you have tick issues the way we do in New England?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Do you have tick issues the way we do in New England?
    We have ticks, of a different sort. They're larger than yours and don't carry Lyme disease, but only Rocky Mountain spotted fever. My father caught it, long ago, while flyfishing on the river that runs through our present place. I've pulled off quite a few wood ticks, but never been ill from their bites.

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    Because I had the baby hedgehogs and found a tiny tick on one of them I bought a pack of 3 different sized tick removers from Amazon, just in case. Yesterday I had to remove 5 ticks from the hoglets and the tick removers made it easier than getting the first tiny one out of the edge of the ear.
    Not sure if it's the leafy bedding in the sleeping box or if they were already infected before I got them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Because I had the baby hedgehogs and found a tiny tick on one of them I bought a pack of 3 different sized tick removers from Amazon, just in case. Yesterday I had to remove 5 ticks from the hoglets and the tick removers made it easier than getting the first tiny one out of the edge of the ear.
    Not sure if it's the leafy bedding in the sleeping box or if they were already infected before I got them.
    Have a look at littlesilverhedgehog.com

    Or google baby hedgehogs with ticks

    Not easy to look at the pics though
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    As a tick update my neighbours' son came to my door today (Friday) and said there was a hedgehog on their back lawn that was completely covered in ticks and asked what could be done. I went up there with my tick removers and must have removed over 50 ticks from the poor thing. Then we fed him and gave him a drink of water. Hopefully he will fully recover. The number of ticks I had to remove and squash actually made both of us feel really nauseous. It was horrible. Poor little thing, I'm sure he's better without that load.

    I know "littlesilverhedgehog." If I had taken pics they would have been much worse than any of those online.

    Update: This little guy was eventually picked up without him balling up and another 30 or so ticks were removed from his underbelly. He has had to go to the vet for some treatment. He wasn't that interested in eating or drinking and lost 30grams weight by Sunday morning so he must have an underlying problem or be really dehydrated. I hope they can help him and he can come back to be released where he came from. Fingers crossed.

    Update: Sadly the vet reported the little guy had a breathing problem so he's gone to hog heaven.
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    Some critter was cutting kale leaves in the garden and stacking them in neat piles, which made me suspect a pack rat (aka bushy-tailed wood rat).

    Caught and released a chipmunk– eating mostly seeds, they don't cause any damage. This morning I checked the trap and there was a young pack rat.



    Incredibly cute, but they can wreck a garden and do heaps of damage in a garage or house. So I relocated it to a nice shady creek some distance off.

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    On successive nights, I caught an adult male and an adult female. Relocated both to spots with shade and water.

    Set the trap this evening. Wonder if I'll get more offspring.

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    Default Re: Wild Neighbors

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    On successive nights, I caught an adult male and an adult female. Relocated both to spots with shade and water.

    Set the trap this evening. Wonder if I'll get more offspring.
    An adult male and adult female... what? Human? 🤯

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    Default Re: Wild Neighbors

    Scroll back for once, before you attempt a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Scroll back for once, before you attempt a joke.
    Being that this thread discusses at least three species (pack rat, chipmunk, hedgehog), perhaps you should read the full thread and realize that your post's subject wasn't clear. Besides, what's wrong with a bit of light humor? Must all humor include a bitter edge?

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    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
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    Default Re: Wild Neighbors

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Scroll back for once, before you attempt a joke.
    Lighten up Francis.

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    Default Re: Wild Neighbors

    Not clear? I posted a photo.

    Stop trying to be clever, you schmuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Not clear? I posted a photo.

    Stop trying to be clever, you schmuck.
    Dude, chill out. This isn't the vitriol subforum. You mentioned packrats, you mentioned chipmunks, the thread was based on hedgehogs. So, since I found it unclear, I made a mild joke. Step outside and do some breathing exercises.

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    M: An argument isn't just contradiction.
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    M: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!

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    Default Re: Wild Neighbors

    You do the same schtick on other threads.

    Enough with the lame jokes. Please.

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    Default Re: Wild Neighbors

    Come on guys, just a thread about nature, we are all in agreement on the message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
    Come on guys, just a thread about nature, we are all in agreement on the message.
    I started the thread. Remember?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
    Come on guys, just a thread about nature, we are all in agreement on the message.
    I started the thread. Remember?
    Which leads to more ambiguity in the post that I made light of. This thread references at least four species (bucks, fox, pack rat, chipmunk) that appear on your property. Are you upset that I made a "dad joke" or that someone felt that you weren't clear in your post despite you being a professional writer? Either way, your hostile tone, especially being that this isn't the Let's Berate Each Other sub-forum, is a bit over the top.

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    A: No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.
    M: An argument isn't just contradiction.
    A: It can be.
    M: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!

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