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  •  I would define that as invasive species such as (6+ / 0-)

    feral cats, and species that attack human food production, but ONLY when they're near said food production.

    Gophers, rabbits, and groundhogs can all qualify if they go after your veggies, while foxes and coyotes can qualify if they go after your chickens or goats.

    Most people I know don't go out of their way to go after these animals. The main way to defeat foxes is an electrified fence too high for them to jump over. Unless the acquire trampoline technology. They'll get the message. Coyotes have been known to dig under electric fences. Another family I know has a chicken coop with a chain link fence that is about ten feet high, with only seven of those ten feet above ground.

    Foxes are one species that I couldn't bring myself to kill for a number of reasons. First, they compete with Coyotes. Second, they keep rabbit, gopher, and groundhog populations in check, so killing them is bad on a number of levels.

    We need to try and create  a balanced ecology where

    I also prefer to use the term varmints.

    I really don't like the idea of hunting predator animals. If you're hunting or shooting predator animals, it's a sign that something has gone seriously wrong in the local ecology.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:30:57 PM PST

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    •  Am I truncating my statements myself today? (3+ / 0-)
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      "We need to try and create a balanced ecology where population booms among any species are kept to a minimum."

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:43:07 PM PST

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    •  I shot at a fox one time (2+ / 0-)
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      he was digging into my chicken fortress not very successfully. He was smart enough to get the message and has never returned. He must have told his friends because whille I see them cross the driveway o their way to the river they have never ventured near the fortress again.

      It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

      by PSWaterspirit on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 09:21:32 PM PST

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      •  Foxes are that smart. (0+ / 0-)

        If you send the message that "This is my space, it is protected, and I will kill you if you fuck with my space," they will generally choose to go look for food elsewhere. And the Fox family in the area will all steer clear of your property.

        That's why killing them is such a dumb idea. They make good neighbors as long as you let them know not to fuck with your space.

        An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

        by OllieGarkey on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:35:53 AM PST

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