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(Some Guy)   Dear Dan: Squirrels climb onto my bird feeder, eating like limber little pigs. How might I make peace with them? Dear guy: why don't you start calling the contraption a "squirrel and bird feeder"? With this new framing, your problems should go away   ( danariely.com) divider line
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2014-02-02 10:36:24 AM  
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My theory: When people own property and/or have 'lawns' they turn mental.
They'll happily hurt animals because said animals bother them in some trivial way and will give the animals monikers like 'tree rat' or 'vermin' to assuage their consciences.
It's as if they feel they're living in the Old West and those gul dern injuns, oops - I mean squirrels, are coming to take away their hard-earned life.
There exists a desire to dominate Nature to present a perfect pretty picture. When one starts hurting animals in order to preserve it then perhaps one should reevaluate a few things in their life.
So a squirell ate some bird seed and now you're gonna maim it or put it's eye out? Yes, I saw you jump for joy when you heard lead hit fur. Sick.
2014-02-02 09:58:18 AM  
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SoupJohnB: My bro-in-law had a bird feeder hanging outside the window of his den, where he watches TV.  He saw that a squirrel had learned to climb a nearby tree, leap to the feeder, then leap back. So he rigged a cord on a pulley to the feeder, in order to yank the feeder back toward the house, from inside.

Then he waited for the squirrel to jump over, and pulled the cord while it was in mid-air. And the squirrel ate bricks, instead of birdseed.  Not the ideal solution, but the funniest one I've heard.

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2014-02-02 09:20:34 AM  
2 votes:
Twirl-a-Squirrel is effective and entertaining.
2014-02-02 10:35:22 AM  
1 vote:

Tillmaster: Trapping and moving squirrels elsewhere, apart from being illegal, isn't effective either.

No idea of the legality, however I can attest to the effectiveness.  I trapped and relocated 13 squirrels in two weeks from my yard a few years ago.  They were destroying my garden. The key is, you have to get them far enough away.  There were multiple big parks 7-10 miles away in my town.  The squirrels did not return that year, or the next.  The third year after, I did finally see one or two again.  Not bad for a $40 live trap and some peanut butter.
2014-02-02 09:19:18 AM  
1 vote:
So, an inverted plastic dome about 12 inches wide doesn't work?
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