Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I'M MAD, REALLY MAD!

So many of my butternut squash disappeared in my absence this summer but I think I know the culprit. Last night I covered 3 of the remaining squash, wrapping them in cloth. They survived the night. But this squash thief works by day while I am gone. He fought with the wrappings until he managed to pull the squash right off the raised bed. It must have been quite a fight. Not content with that he went after another one that wasn't wrapped. Can you guess who this culprit might be?


I think he has a couple of sharp incisors and a voracious appetite. Or are there two of them? Is it a cotton rat or a ground squirrel? I'm putting my money on the ground squirrel. Where does he put all this stuff? Do you think he might like tomatoes? That's what he is getting if he ventures into my Havahart trap!

5 comments:

  1. I'm sorry. The critters sometimes beat me to my peaches, apricots, and other goodies.

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  2. Ugh, so disheartening. In my yard it's "Tim-May!" the possum that usually does damage like this...

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  3. Just be glad you don't have desert pack rats the size of kittens, that are "packing heat". Well, at least they aren't armed...but some are huge.

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  4. With teeth like that, woodchucks come to mind. Do you have them there?

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  5. I thought the same thing as Poet Whale--those are pretty big chompers...more of a woodchuck size.
    Anyway--good luck in getting the culprit. What a shame about the butternuts.

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