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Pumpkins may draw wildlife, state warns
Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff | Herald/Review

Posted on 10/08/2013 3:41:16 PM PDT by SandRat

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding residents to be aware that Halloween pumpkins, as well as fall decorations like gourds or squash, attract wildlife when displayed outdoors.

“Javelina, coyotes, deer and even bears eat some of the vegetables that are part of traditional holiday displays,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson. “When displayed outdoors, they may attract wildlife to homes, potentially creating conflicts with people.”

The department recommends that decorated pumpkins and cornucopias be displayed indoors, on window sills to be seen from outside if desired, and then discarded securely to help prevent encounters with foraging wildlife.


TOPICS: Gardening; Local News; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animals; halloween; pumpkins; threat; wildlife

1 posted on 10/08/2013 3:41:16 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

In my neck of the woods, we call that BAIT! :)


2 posted on 10/08/2013 3:44:01 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SandRat

Did we really need government to tell us that? Anyone who has ever left a pumpkin out for more than a few days already knows that wildlife will snack on the thing as soon as it starts going soft.


3 posted on 10/08/2013 3:47:52 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SandRat

Javelina LOVE pumpkins!


4 posted on 10/08/2013 3:47:57 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: SandRat

Pumpkins can do wildlife sketches? Who knew!


5 posted on 10/08/2013 3:48:02 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: SandRat

squirrels too


6 posted on 10/08/2013 3:48:40 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: SandRat

Or elephants.

Seriously, they feed pumpkins to our zoo elephants, who really go for them. It’s fun to watch them smash them into pieces with their feet and then crunch away.


7 posted on 10/08/2013 3:49:24 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SandRat
Did you say wildlife draws pumpkins?


8 posted on 10/08/2013 3:50:25 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: saganite
Pumpkins can do wildlife sketches? Who knew!
ROFL... that's how I read the title too...
9 posted on 10/08/2013 3:52:59 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: SandRat

This is why all pumpkins should be equipped with Flash Bangs!


10 posted on 10/08/2013 3:58:17 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Boogieman

LOL


11 posted on 10/08/2013 3:59:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SandRat

Duh!


12 posted on 10/08/2013 4:02:38 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SandRat

wow... the government is so wise!

You would think someone would have known this (or at least not have been surprised by it) before the year 2013

The movie “Idiocracy” was a more of a documentary than a comedy


13 posted on 10/08/2013 4:11:52 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: SandRat
For the love of Pete! Where will it end!?

Excursions out-of-doors may attract gnats and mosquitoes.

Bed frames may pose stubbing hazards.

Running low on fuel may leave motorists stranded.

Government sugarteat may increase suicides among citizens.

14 posted on 10/08/2013 4:12:28 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Mr. K

Like button bump!


15 posted on 10/08/2013 4:13:29 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: SandRat

We salt our pumpkins (Preservation ya know). Then sit on the porch with the bow.


16 posted on 10/08/2013 4:16:31 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SandRat

Well daaaamn! Who would have ever thought about that?

Thank you Ossifer Vega! How long have you known this vital information?


17 posted on 10/08/2013 4:17:21 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: SandRat

Thank goodness the Arizona Fish and Game Dept. told us this!!!! I would never have known!!!! Is that why corn in my garden disappears, too? Imagine wild life going after food!! Who’d a thunk!! (/sarc)


18 posted on 10/08/2013 4:17:59 PM PDT by Exit148
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....said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson.

Furlough this guy for cripes sake....

19 posted on 10/08/2013 4:19:33 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: SandRat
“Javelina, coyotes, deer and even bears eat some of the vegetables that are part of traditional holiday displays,”

pumpkins are fruit

20 posted on 10/08/2013 4:34:33 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: saganite
Real nice ones too...


21 posted on 10/08/2013 4:44:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SandRat

It is a remarkable coincidence that my deer stand overlooks my pumpkin patch and a compost pile of windfall apples.


22 posted on 10/08/2013 4:46:19 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (You hear it here first.)
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To: SandRat

Outlaw Game and Fish Departments. Problem solved.


23 posted on 10/08/2013 4:49:53 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: SandRat

Pumpkins may draw wildlife, but lead repels them.


24 posted on 10/08/2013 4:55:02 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: SandRat

This is preparatory to the citations to be issued for the pumpkins, squash and other food left outside. I figure a whole lot of little Barney Fife’s can be made busy giving old timers, snowbirds and families with kids $100 tickets per pumpkin/gourd. Not a bad haul for yon government enforcers...


25 posted on 10/08/2013 4:56:38 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: SandRat

Halloween candy tends to attract herds of young, mostly Mexican-American kids.

Only on the surface does this seem a little annoying, because these are kids that still appreciate Halloween for Halloween’s sake. They dress up in nice costumes and are always polite, not cynical, rude or jaded like white kids sometimes are.

In fact, they are even nicer, because Halloween is the day before the Mexican Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. So the three days are a time to be respectful.

And while to Americans November 1st is just to clean up after Halloween, these kids and their families will be going to a cemetery to honor the dead. More respect.

And it’s good to see that at least somebody still enjoys the day as a non-commercialized time for children to have fun and build memories.


26 posted on 10/08/2013 5:57:10 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: SandRat

Oh my gosh! Who knew?!!


27 posted on 10/08/2013 6:20:11 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: SandRat
And it other news, water is wet and rocks are hard. Back to you, Chet.
28 posted on 10/08/2013 6:34:30 PM PDT by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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To: cashless
and mosquito bites itch
29 posted on 10/08/2013 6:41:47 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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So, under Obama, guess they’re illegal, too, huh?

“Ja, das ist ein Pumpkin, citizen; may I see ihre papieren, bitte...”


30 posted on 10/08/2013 6:50:05 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
In my neck of the woods, we call that BAIT! :)

LOL.. We've had deer come right up to our door to eat the pumpkins.

31 posted on 10/09/2013 5:44:55 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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