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Clemson takes no prisoners fighting squirrels
The Sun News ^ | Saturday, Jan. 02, 2010 | The Associated Press

Posted on 01/02/2010 5:59:48 PM PST by PilotDave

Clemson University is fighting back against an invasion of squirrels on its South Carolina campus.

The Anderson Independent-Mail reports workers spent much of December trapping Eastern gray squirrels, catching and euthanizing the 200 rodents allowed under federal law.

The squirrels have caused problems in recent years, killing about 100 mature trees by chewing on the bark for food and making their territory. About 10 percent of the campus' trees have been damaged in some way, likely costing the school about $1 million in the past decade. Clemson officials tried a squirrel birth control program, but it didn't do enough to curb the population.

Biologists estimate the 800-acre campus has two to three times the normal population of squirrels per acre.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: carolina; clemson; obama; pests; rodents; squirrel
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Squirrel birth control didn't work? Whodathunk?
1 posted on 01/02/2010 5:59:49 PM PST by PilotDave
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To: PilotDave
Clemson officials tried a squirrel birth control program, but it didn't do enough to curb the population.

Need more social workers to conduct condom training.

Or maybe more Planned Parenthood centers oriented towards squirrels.

2 posted on 01/02/2010 6:02:36 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: PilotDave
I've trapped and relocated two squirrels this past week due to their damage to my bird feeder. Darn if there weren't two more on my deck this morning.........

Amnesty, relocation and new identities were granted to the prior two but I ain't gonna be so forgiving with these newcomers...........

3 posted on 01/02/2010 6:04:30 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: PilotDave
Maybe there are too many nuts on the campus.

gitmo

4 posted on 01/02/2010 6:06:29 PM PST by gitmo (FR vs DU: n4mage vs DUmage)
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To: 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; acf2906; ...
South Carolina
Ping

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5 posted on 01/02/2010 6:07:08 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: PilotDave

A Simpler Solution



6 posted on 01/02/2010 6:08:20 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (:: The government will do for health care what it did for real estate. ::)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I don’t know if you knew this, but relocation has to be at least 5 miles away. Squirrels find their way back!


7 posted on 01/02/2010 6:09:18 PM PST by Neverforget01 (Never, ever, ever, ever, ever....)
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To: PilotDave

Squirrels are of the devil!


8 posted on 01/02/2010 6:09:58 PM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: MAexile

They can be tasty!


9 posted on 01/02/2010 6:12:04 PM PST by PilotDave (America; nice while it lasted... I miss it already.)
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To: PilotDave

Where did they find those itty bitty little condoms?


10 posted on 01/02/2010 6:12:28 PM PST by irishtenor (Beer. God's way of making sure the Irish don't take over the world.)
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To: PilotDave

Time to bring in the professionals! ;)

11 posted on 01/02/2010 6:13:10 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: PilotDave

That’s a pretty campus...especially when the azaleas are in bloom in the spring.


12 posted on 01/02/2010 6:13:35 PM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: Neverforget01

My mother doesn’t have a shotgun, but she takes relocation seriously - she transports them across a river! Then again, I haven’t checked - the trees may be close enough that the little buggers could jump back across!

Clemson just needs to have a hunting weekend and tell all the libs to use ear plugs or something.


13 posted on 01/02/2010 6:14:13 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: Neverforget01

“...relocation has to be at least 5 miles away.”

Thanks for the advice. I think it’s time for me to relocate the five that are digging in my yard everyday.


14 posted on 01/02/2010 6:16:25 PM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: PilotDave

Maybe the squirrls took public school sex ed classes.


15 posted on 01/02/2010 6:16:33 PM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Ya6z-NlDo&feature=related

squirrel launcher


16 posted on 01/02/2010 6:17:24 PM PST by PilotDave (America; nice while it lasted... I miss it already.)
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To: PilotDave
They need to up the dosage on the birth control.


17 posted on 01/02/2010 6:17:51 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: PilotDave

Somebody call A.C.O.R.N


18 posted on 01/02/2010 6:18:41 PM PST by grjr21
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To: GnuHere
My mother doesn’t have a shotgun, but she takes relocation seriously - she transports them across a river!

People in the Twin Cities do that. People from St Paul bring them across the river and release them in Minneapolis, while people from Minneapolis bring them across the river and release them in St Paul.

19 posted on 01/02/2010 6:19:19 PM PST by Wissa ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause."-Padme Amidala)
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To: PilotDave

I wonder if this was an obamite stimulus project . . . “cash for carcasses”


20 posted on 01/02/2010 6:19:21 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Wissa

Now that’s funny - maybe they should just arrange a squirrel exchange, like a prisoner exchange.


21 posted on 01/02/2010 6:22:34 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: PilotDave

22 posted on 01/02/2010 6:22:44 PM PST by Dominnae (Sorry, I cannot support the new president. I am way too busy supporting his freeloaders!!)
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To: PilotDave

It’s hard to talk the little guys into wearing condoms.


23 posted on 01/02/2010 6:24:31 PM PST by Mercat (Reluctant glenbeckian)
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To: PilotDave
Organic Squirrel eliminator


24 posted on 01/02/2010 6:25:08 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . What ever I do is what shall be)
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To: PilotDave

Don’t they have a cafeteria? Squirrel is delicious.


25 posted on 01/02/2010 6:25:53 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: GnuHere

My mother has a shotgun and a cast iron skillet. Mmmm Squirrel.


26 posted on 01/02/2010 6:27:15 PM PST by sportutegrl (I was for Sarah Palin before being for Sarah was cool.)
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To: MAexile

Actually, squirrels are from outer space. Have you ever seen one fall and hit the ground? He immediately jumps up and runs up the tree into one of those ridiculas nests and beams up to the mother ship for repairs. Maybe their androids.


27 posted on 01/02/2010 6:27:23 PM PST by Mercat (Reluctant glenbeckian)
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To: PilotDave
Squirrels got guns!


28 posted on 01/02/2010 6:28:17 PM PST by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: irishtenor
Where did they find those itty bitty little condoms?

According to a story on FR the other day, the men in India would like to know where they can get those, too.

29 posted on 01/02/2010 6:28:38 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: PilotDave
Inorganic 17 cal squirrel eliminator


30 posted on 01/02/2010 6:28:50 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . What ever I do is what shall be)
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To: Fudd Fan

ping!


31 posted on 01/02/2010 6:30:09 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (I will not be silenced.)
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To: Rebelbase

1st Squirrel Recipe is chicken surprise. Can you guess what the surprise is?

Chicken Surprise

~ 2 squirrels, deboned and cut into chunks
~ 1 can (12oz) cream of mushroom soup
~ 1 can (12oz) cream of chicken soup
~ 1/2 can water
~ 2 - 3 carrots, sliced into 1/4” slices
~ 2 - 3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2” pieces
~ 2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
~ 8oz fresh mushrooms, sliced if desired
~ 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
~ salt, garlic powder, parsley, curry, black and cayenne pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients in a crock-pot.

Cook on low for 4 hours or until the carrots are soft.

Serve and enjoy.

many more recipes...
http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir.html


32 posted on 01/02/2010 6:30:53 PM PST by PilotDave (America; nice while it lasted... I miss it already.)
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To: PilotDave

Pine Martens should work.

They are deadly to squirrels.


33 posted on 01/02/2010 6:35:36 PM PST by crz
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To: PilotDave

Rodent Stew....


34 posted on 01/02/2010 6:36:12 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: PilotDave
This is more entertaining:

http://www.livevideo.com/video/32901CA8FF8744119D0219933BEEFA32/incredible-squirrel-catapault.aspx

35 posted on 01/02/2010 6:39:06 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: sportutegrl

One of my friends grew up with a dad who hunted all kinds of wild game - her family terrorized her once at supper by hiding a squirrel head on a platter, then poking it in her face. They all got quite a big laugh! My friend, not so much.


36 posted on 01/02/2010 6:40:19 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: Jeff Chandler

I gave my kid a pellet gun and told him I would give him a Dollar a squirrel, I’m out 80 bucks so far this year.


37 posted on 01/02/2010 6:41:03 PM PST by ABN 505
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To: Hot Tabasco

Slip a slinky over the pole your birdfeeder is on, with one end fixed to the top so it hangs loose. For some reason squirrels don’t like trying to climb over those things. Or, put Tanglefoot [a sticky substance sold by garden centers which is used to catch coddling moths] on the pole. Cooking spray or oil works too but make sure it stays greasy when frozen and use a smooth pole like skinny PVC.


38 posted on 01/02/2010 6:42:39 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: GnuHere; All

I captured 4 took them at least 5 miles away across a river and busy bridge. Finally got the hole in my attic sealed up, no new noise up there, but just saw two in a mating dance out back. This was a big year for acorns in my region. Probably helps a big population surge. Clemson needs to tell people to stop feeding them.


39 posted on 01/02/2010 6:43:42 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: PilotDave

I wish I had some squirrels, to go with my deer and rabbits.


40 posted on 01/02/2010 6:44:40 PM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Darn if there weren't two more

Uhhhh, sorry to inform you but the same two came back. You must have some good bird feed. Lol.

41 posted on 01/02/2010 6:44:49 PM PST by Orange1998
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To: PilotDave

They just need to import some hungry bobcats. Or Hawks. Or Owls.


42 posted on 01/02/2010 6:46:10 PM PST by PAR35
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To: GnuHere
Now that’s funny - maybe they should just arrange a squirrel exchange, like a prisoner exchange.

Impossible, they're all the same squirrels!

43 posted on 01/02/2010 6:49:25 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over-production, too much food, one of the annual top 5 worries of the American Farmer)
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To: crz
So are great horned owls... and they eat skunks, too.

Of course, they like big old storm-topped trees to nest in so if people have been sutting down damaged trees they have probably removed the nesting sites o squirl predators in the process. If they can put a box platform up a tree immediately with a cherry picker they might have an owl pair move in just in time to nest.

44 posted on 01/02/2010 6:49:46 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: gleeaikin

Either that or they need to stop taking advice from OctoMom.


45 posted on 01/02/2010 6:50:01 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: bert

Those Crosman pump pellet guns are woefully inaccurate. Get a Gamo if you are serious about depleting your squirrel population.


46 posted on 01/02/2010 6:50:30 PM PST by csmusaret (Pelosi and Reid have controlled Congress for three years. This is their recession.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

OK, then they’ll just have to split them 50-50 and tattoo them, to tell what side of the river they need to stay on. :)


47 posted on 01/02/2010 6:52:29 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: csmusaret

Gamo sounds like a .22 The crossman makes it a sport.


48 posted on 01/02/2010 6:52:31 PM PST by Orange1998
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To: NautiNurse; bennie

Ping.


49 posted on 01/02/2010 6:52:34 PM PST by Nick Danger (Free cheese is found only in mousetraps)
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To: ABN 505; Jeff Chandler
I gave my kid a pellet gun and told him I would give him a
Dollar a squirrel, I’m out 80 bucks so far this year.

...in (only :) 2 days?
....helluv shot!...excellent gun control...eh?


50 posted on 01/02/2010 6:54:17 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voter: "Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® Plan"...Sucker! ...now just die. :^)
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