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Squirrels Eat Historic Home
WLOX ^ | Jun 25, 2012

Posted on 07/16/2012 3:28:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A sign outside the historic Lamar House in Oxford tells visitors where to enter, but a bunch squirrels are finding their own way in.

"I think if you look at the damage, it wasn't just one squirrel. It was several out here kind of going to town," said Mary-Kathryn Herrington with the Oxford Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Normally, the critters snack on seeds, nuts, and bark. For several years, Herrington says they've been chomping away at the wood of the historic house trying to get inside. Now the animals are ripping through the screening in the attic.

"I think we are having to try to be a little more aggressive since this is a building that has been restored and has so much historical significance," Herrington said.

L.Q.C. Lamar served the country as Secretary of the Interior, a senator, and on the Supreme Court. He built the home in Oxford during the late 1800s, and it was almost demolished until the local heritage foundation saved it in 2008.

"[It is] filled with wonderful exhibits that detail his life and the Civil War and the American south and are really a treasure for Oxford and for visitors to come take advantage of," Herrington said.

Herrington said money is in the budget for repairs, and they plan to work with contractors to install tougher wire to keep the critters out of the attic and hopefully in an old tree that stands right next to the building.

The Lamar House is on the National Register of Historical Places.


TOPICS: Food; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: squirrels

1 posted on 07/16/2012 3:28:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I read almost the same exact story about Godzilla eating Lapland.

It was on a blog.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 3:31:46 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: nickcarraway

Would it be too much for you to tell us if this place is even in the US?


3 posted on 07/16/2012 3:31:46 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: nickcarraway
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4 posted on 07/16/2012 3:32:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: nickcarraway
Squirrels Bashing Pictures, Images and Photos
5 posted on 07/16/2012 3:35:25 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: nickcarraway

It was here, in the USA, and some of my ex-wives were involved.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 3:37:12 PM PDT by Blado (When the government controls your healthcare it owns your body and you are a slave.)
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To: nickcarraway
I have recipes for squirrel.

/johnny

7 posted on 07/16/2012 3:41:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Blado

Your ex-wives were the squirrels or the house?


8 posted on 07/16/2012 3:43:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: 1raider1

I thought references to, “American South,” “Civil War,” “Supreme Court,” “Secretary of the Interior,” and a station having call letters like WXXX would indicate that. I guess it’s in Mississippi.


9 posted on 07/16/2012 3:46:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Flying squirrels are known to build nests in attics.


10 posted on 07/16/2012 3:46:46 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: nickcarraway


This strip is 20 years old, so Dilbert's time frame is wrong.
11 posted on 07/16/2012 3:48:24 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney have the mother of all Macaca moments)
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To: 1raider1
Well, it is a local story about a local house.
It is located in Oxford Mississippi.
Most folks don't know much about Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, but damn near every town I have ever spent any time in has a Lamar Street or a Lamar Ave. or a Lamar Blvd.
Pretty interesting fellow.
12 posted on 07/16/2012 3:50:42 PM PDT by Tupelo (TeaPartier ..... but no longer a Republican)
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To: nickcarraway

The only solution is either a trapper or a sharpshooter. Once a squirrel gets the idea of getting into a house in his or her head nothing will stop them.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 4:08:36 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: cripplecreek; Darksheare; Monkey Face; NicknamedBob; Tax-chick; ColdOne; fanfan; TheOldLady

You really should have pinged Darks to that one...


14 posted on 07/16/2012 4:10:15 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1272 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Tupelo
He was the only Mississippian to ever serve on the Supreme Court.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Quintus_Cincinatus_Lamar_II

15 posted on 07/16/2012 4:15:22 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama doesnÂ’t have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: null and void; cripplecreek; Monkey Face; NicknamedBob; Tax-chick; ColdOne; fanfan; TheOldLady

I’ve never tried giving my coffee to a squirrel.
I’m certain they’d drink it, they’ll drink soda.
But I have not had the opportunity to do the coffee thing yet.

It must be done, for science.


16 posted on 07/16/2012 4:16:42 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Darksheare; Borax Queen; null and void
It must be done, for science.

Only Darks could make a squirrel eat a house......while it made typos......for science.......

17 posted on 07/16/2012 4:20:37 PM PDT by Lakeshark (I don't care for Mitt, the alternative is unthinkable)
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To: Darksheare
It must be done, for science.

Jolt cola and a sturdy containment vessel.
18 posted on 07/16/2012 4:20:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Lakeshark; Borax Queen; null and void; cripplecreek

Jolt cola, a sturdy containment vessel = free power from squirrels.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 4:23:20 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: MuttTheHoople
L.Q.C. Lamar was featured in Profiles in Courage. Whoever actually wrote the book, it was intended to boost John Kennedy's political career, so Kennedy made sure to spread out his characters geographically.
20 posted on 07/16/2012 4:31:14 PM PDT by x
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Squirrels are simply rats with better PR


21 posted on 07/16/2012 4:37:54 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Tupelo
Hedley Lamar?
22 posted on 07/16/2012 4:38:08 PM PDT by kenavi (Obama doesn't hate private equity. He wants to be it with our money.)
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To: nickcarraway

Tale two 12 yo boys with pellet guns and give them a bounty per squirrel tail and problem solved in two weeks. Maybe less. Make a competition out of it and cut that time waaaay down.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 4:48:37 PM PDT by GBA (To understand what is happening to America and why, read The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn)
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To: dsrtsage

Maybe just some Ole Miss frat bros in a drunken stupor!


24 posted on 07/16/2012 5:19:32 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Tupelo

The Lamar places in Texas are named after Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar.


25 posted on 07/16/2012 5:42:08 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Keeping the drama to a minimum)
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To: kenavi

That’s Hedy.


26 posted on 07/16/2012 8:14:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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