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(Hampton Roads)   Officials in Virginia are very concerned about: A) quality jobs, B) affordable healthcare, or C) a disturbing lack of acorns in the state's forests   (hamptonroads.com) divider line 49
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2013-11-20 02:56:11 PM
Bears eat acorns. Lack of acorns means lots of bears coming down from the mountains looking for food. It's not just the officials who are concerned

/ask me how I know
 
2013-11-20 03:25:20 PM
Ask the squirrels, they'll remember where at least they hid 10% of them.
 
2013-11-20 03:45:48 PM
I seem to remember this from a couple years ago. At the time I told them to come sweep up my backyard the motherload.

But this year? Nothing. However, the trees in my yard seem to produce every other year, so please check back next year...
 
2013-11-20 03:50:21 PM
This isn't just a problem in Virginia.  West Virginia, too, is disturbed by it's lack of acorns this year.
 
2013-11-20 03:56:27 PM
Maybe there should have been study on acorns.

Naaa...that would be nuts.

Private industry will provide.
 
2013-11-20 04:16:14 PM

GRCooper: Bears eat acorns. Lack of acorns means lots of bears coming down from the mountains looking for food. It's not just the officials who are concerned

/ask me how I know


How do you know?
 
2013-11-20 04:20:51 PM

GRCooper: Bears eat acorns. Lack of acorns means lots of bears coming down from the mountains looking for food. It's not just the officials who are concerned

/ask me how I know



How I know?
 
2013-11-20 04:21:30 PM
Isn't this a strategy by the trees?

They make huge amounts of acorns hoping to overwhelm the squirrel population.  The squirrel population than explodes due to the abundance of food.  The trees then cut off supply and then squirrel population crashes, allowing the trees to again outproduce the squirrels in the future.
 
2013-11-20 04:21:45 PM
Virginia's a blue state. Of course they're concerned with a lack of ACORN.
 
2013-11-20 04:22:04 PM
Now that they mention it, our backyard squirrels HAVE looked kinda chubby lately.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-11-20 04:25:33 PM
Species, including white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey, rely on acorns for nutritional needs that contribute to the animal's body condition, survival, harvest rates and reproduction.

Who cares about deer. They are pests. Won't somebody think about the squirrels?
 
2013-11-20 04:26:29 PM
We had affordable healthcare.
 
2013-11-20 04:28:35 PM
I've been very curious about this here in NC this year.  Many years for weeks in the fall it sounds like we're under moderate shelling from all those falling organic ball-bearing banana peels (SO fun to deal with when mowing a sloping yard), but this year, no acorns anywhere.  It's completely bizarre.

Acorns falling from ~150 feet have a good chance of making a lasting impression on your skull.

/Ask me how I know
//It's because my weekend job title is unpaid assistant junior intern landscaping implementation mechanic I
 
2013-11-20 04:29:09 PM
Hasn't Congress defunded ACORN a thousand times now? Look there.
 
2013-11-20 04:29:54 PM

mainstreet62: How do you know?


JK47: How I know?


This is why I love Fark.
 
2013-11-20 04:31:14 PM
The real question is "Do drop bears eat acorns?"

You'd hate to have hungry drop bears all over the place.
 
2013-11-20 04:32:24 PM
While here in Southern Indiana we had a bumper crop of acorns and my deck is a minefield if you try to walk barefoot. The three huge oak trees in our front yard were absolutely loaded with them, which paid off during hunting season this fall. ;)
 
2013-11-20 04:33:32 PM

Poowaddins: While here in Southern Indiana we had a bumper crop of acorns and my deck is a minefield if you try to walk barefoot. The three huge oak trees in our front yard were absolutely loaded with them, which paid off during hunting season this fall. ;)


I think we know who stole our Acorns.
 
2013-11-20 04:33:44 PM
Virginia is for lovers squirrels.


Get out while you can, humans!
 
2013-11-20 04:35:26 PM
After scouring the internet, I've discovered that this is a right-wing anti-Obama conspiracy:

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2013-11-20 04:36:27 PM
I think this guy found his nuts

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2013-11-20 04:37:08 PM
Let me see.

Lack of food for wildlife = less wildlife = less hunting = fewer jobs = fewer people with health insurance = more damage than average for farm crops because wildlife will be more likely to try for those food sources.

So yes it effects the economy.
 
2013-11-20 04:37:27 PM
Maybe the poor are gathering them for flour.
 
2013-11-20 04:37:55 PM
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2013-11-20 04:38:50 PM
I wasn't aware that health care and job availability fell under the purview of the Department of Forestry.
 
2013-11-20 04:39:01 PM
Those acorns affect the food chain and future growth in the ecosystem.

It's sort of a big deal.
 
2013-11-20 04:41:06 PM
Why does Subby always think that Americans can only concentrate on one thing at a time? Uh oh, can't talk about welfare reform because we're talking about oil prices. Can't speak about healthcare because we're focused on immigration. Try chewing gum and walking, Subs. Its not as hard as you think.
 
2013-11-20 04:43:22 PM

HMS_Blinkin: mainstreet62: How do you know?

JK47: How I know?

This is why I love Fark.


Me too

/I know because I live near those mountains and we have a shiatload of bears around this fall.
//I never said it would be interesting
///it's hilarious to see all the wussies freak out about it. "There's a bear in my yard! "
//Game Warden response: Yeah. So?
 
2013-11-20 04:45:10 PM
There is unrest in the forest? There is trouble with the trees?
 
2013-11-20 04:51:12 PM

Diogenes: Maybe there should have been study on acorns.

Naaa...that would be nuts.

Private industry will provide.


I had a g/f that worked for a state DCNR doing acorn surveys.

Seriously, they had the forest floor staked in a grid and she went out everyday to count and catalog acorns.

Might help explain why she was nuttier than squirrel shiat. . .
 
2013-11-20 05:05:47 PM

GRCooper: Bears eat acorns. Lack of acorns means lots of bears coming down from the mountains looking for food. It's not just the officials who are concerned

/ask me how I know


There aren't any good bars in the area?
 
2013-11-20 05:06:56 PM

GRCooper: Bears eat acorns. Lack of acorns means lots of bears coming down from the mountains looking for food. It's not just the officials who are concerned

/ask me how I know


ZOMG!  Are you a bear?!
 
2013-11-20 05:14:55 PM
Sounds like they are at half mast.
 
2013-11-20 05:18:35 PM

Lucky LaRue: GRCooper: Bears eat acorns. Lack of acorns means lots of bears coming down from the mountains looking for food. It's not just the officials who are concerned

/ask me how I know

ZOMG!  Are you a bear?!


I'm sure as hell not a twink ...
 
2013-11-20 05:22:33 PM
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They should just go to Lancaster PA.. Place was STUPID with them this year...
 
2013-11-20 05:23:56 PM

Lord Jubjub: Isn't this a strategy by the trees?

They make huge amounts of acorns hoping to overwhelm the squirrel population.  The squirrel population than explodes due to the abundance of food.  The trees then cut off supply and then squirrel population crashes, allowing the trees to again outproduce the squirrels in the future.


Squirrels will find... other... food sources.
 
2013-11-20 05:37:58 PM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: There is unrest in the forest? There is trouble with the trees?


For the maples want more sunlight and
The oaks ignore their pleas
 
2013-11-20 05:42:42 PM
People are not wearing enough hats.
 
2013-11-20 05:45:52 PM
But wait... If there are no acorns, then the squirrels starve, which makes them unavailable for Dre++++++++CARRIER LOST+++++++
 
2013-11-20 05:53:46 PM

GRCooper: HMS_Blinkin: mainstreet62: How do you know?

JK47: How I know?

This is why I love Fark.

Me too

/I know because I live near those mountains and we have a shiatload of bears around this fall.
//I never said it would be interesting
///it's hilarious to see all the wussies freak out about it. "There's a bear in my yard! "
//Game Warden response: Yeah. So?


Which part of the mountains and can I come shoot a bear? I see them a lot while out mountain biking but never during hunting season. Same with deer.
I mostly shoot squirrels because the bastards are everywhere and delicious.
Bumper crop of acorns in my area of VA last year from the white oaks. Haven't seen many this year but acorns tend to be kind of cyclcyclical.
 
2013-11-20 06:11:04 PM
The acorns are the largest problem. Quercus rubra, the Red Oak, is the largest land-based source of food in the world. Global warming means less chill hours and can upset the cycle of flowering and fruiting. If Oaks fail to produce sufficient nuts the natural world will be in great peril.
 
2013-11-20 06:15:04 PM
I find your lack of acorns disturbing...
 
2013-11-20 06:29:28 PM

GRCooper: Bears eat acorns. Lack of acorns means lots of bears coming down from the mountains looking for food. It's not just the officials who are concerned

/ask me how I know


And deer.

If we lose the acorns it will be like when we lost the chestnuts - massive dieoff.
 
2013-11-20 06:43:36 PM
Plenty of acorns down here in Texas. Not quite as many as last year, for some reason, but still plenty. Those farking things are everywhere. Too bad they don't sell for $16 a lb, like pecans. I could harvest the ones in front of my apartment and make gas money for the week.
 
2013-11-20 06:53:39 PM
This isn't news in VA. Acorn and other mast crops are typically cyclic. This is a lean year for us. The bad thing is it means large game are on the move following crop harvests and that increases traffic accidents
 
2013-11-20 09:14:16 PM

GRCooper: Bears eat acorns. Lack of acorns means lots of bears coming down from the mountains looking for food. It's not just the officials who are concerned

/ask me how I know


Ditto for deer. Two displaced deer jumped into the path of my car a few years back when mast was poor. Felt bad for them, but they don't have insurance. Then I was mad because unreimbused car repair dammit.
 
2013-11-20 09:38:01 PM
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Wanted for questioning.
 
2013-11-20 11:28:37 PM

MemeSlave: GRCooper: Bears eat acorns. Lack of acorns means lots of bears coming down from the mountains looking for food. It's not just the officials who are concerned

/ask me how I know

And deer.


No, does eat oats. Like mares.
 
2013-11-21 06:50:59 AM
I actually noticed that this year. My parents live on the edge of woods and have a few large oak trees in and around the backyard, and I remember as kids, my brother and I used to gather up thousands of acorns in big bins (not even sure why haha...). I also remember hearing the acorns hitting the house during the Fall months- that shiat was LOUD, especially when a bunch would fall at once.
Anyway, while spending time there this fall while hubby was deployed, I noticed how little there were compared to all my years growing up there.
 
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