Skip to comments.Pumpkins may draw wildlife, state warns
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.
In my neck of the woods, we call that BAIT! :)
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.
Javelina LOVE pumpkins!
Pumpkins can do wildlife sketches? Who knew!
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.
Pumpkins can do wildlife sketches? Who knew!ROFL... that's how I read the title too...
This is why all pumpkins should be equipped with Flash Bangs!
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
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We salt our pumpkins (Preservation ya know). Then sit on the porch with the bow.
Well daaaamn! Who would have ever thought about that?
Thank you Ossifer Vega! How long have you known this vital information?
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)
Furlough this guy for cripes sake....
pumpkins are fruit
It is a remarkable coincidence that my deer stand overlooks my pumpkin patch and a compost pile of windfall apples.
Outlaw Game and Fish Departments. Problem solved.
Pumpkins may draw wildlife, but lead repels them.
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...
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.
Oh my gosh! Who knew?!!
So, under Obama, guess they’re illegal, too, huh?
“Ja, das ist ein Pumpkin, citizen; may I see ihre papieren, bitte...”
LOL.. We've had deer come right up to our door to eat the pumpkins.