What's eating my bulb flowers?--Cats as chipmunk control

Jadeboy48@aol.com Jadeboy48@aol.com
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 03:38:41 PDT
Oh, I agree that feral cats can kill birds. Here in the Phoenix we have a  
HUGE population of coyotes that live in Town. They wipe out more birds 
(ground  nesting) than anything else. Birds,small dogs,cats and anything they can 
find. I  think you just dislike cats in any way shape or form. That of 
course is ok. You  have not run a 100plus acre nursery and growing 500$ daylily 
clumps. My cats  that I used really only stayed on my property and were well 
fed. When your life  work is to grow plants you cannot afford to have a 
thousand chipmunks eating  your stock. This is how I made a living not as a 
hobby grower. On my Nursery I  had many friends do bird surveys and the only 
ground nesting bird were wild  turkeys (introduced by the State of Wisconsin) 
on my property. I was part of the  Blue bird restoration program and there 
was never any evidence a cat of any sort  killed one of them. They nest on 
old wooden fence posts about 3 feet off the  ground. Well anyway the cats at 
my nursery were an important part of pest  control. Could you see me covering 
a hundred acres with chicken wire. Besides  looking pretty bad it would not 
be practical.
One thing that may keep chipmunks away besides the mothball odor is to use  
urine from a predator. A fellow grower used mountain lion urine to keep 
deer out  of his growing areas. Most zoos and wildlife parks would give this to 
you but  not being an expert in this field a person would have to 
experiment what works.  If you live here in the SW were mountain lions are quite 
common I would not try  female lion urine unless you want to attract them. 
Mountain lions love to eat  whatever they can catch. Good luck getting rid of 
your problem- Russ H.
In a message dated 3/13/2013 10:59:48 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
markmazerandfm13@earthlink.net writes:

I used  "farm cats". These are tame, not 
>  feral (wild) cats with claws  and teeth. 

Farm and feral and pet cats that roam free decimate  precious ground nesting
wild birds like plover and quail and take an  occasional guinea fowl.  Cats
are not welcome here and are considered  invasive pests. Put a wire cage
around that precious nursery stock like  we  have to do when we find a
vulnerable killdeer nest during breeding  season.

The only good cat is an indoor cat.

Mark  Mazer
Hertford, North Carolina USDA 8a

PS: No, we don't shoot cats  nor do we encourage our "farm dogs" to dispose
of them like some of our  neighbors do

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