July 8th, 2017

Wildlife in Town: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. – The Hutchinson News

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I think overall wildlife have done a much better job of coexisting with man than we have done coexisting with them.

If you think living in town excludes wildlife from our presence (other than the obvious resident squirrels and cottontails), think again. Possums, skunks, raccoons, beavers, foxes, coyotes and now in south central Kansas, even armadillos are right at home among us. Im sure most Midwesterners and residents of large western cities realize that fact, but Ill bet many residents of huge eastern cities find that fact hard to swallow.

Wildlife coexist with us in our towns incident-free for-the-most-part, even coyotes, but they all have their good, bad and ugly qualities.

Possums eat about anything, but they especially love dog and cat food, which is always available in dog and cat bowls somewhere around town. Opossums, as they are correctly called, really have no good or bad side. They are just plain ugly looking with a mug only a mother possum could love.

They can usually be kept from your yard by excluding them from living under porches and outbuildings, and by cleaning up leftover dog and cat food.

Skunks have lived among us for ages and I guess their one good quality could be their appetite for grubs, which they will dig for greedily. When I was a kid in Ohio, we had an invasion of June bugs one year, which begin life underground as grubs.

Skunks were riddling the local golf course greens nightly digging for those grubs and preventing that many from ever becoming mature June bugs. But that appetite also got them in big trouble with the golf course crew. Obviously, a skunks worst quality is the stench that results from any unfortunate encounter with them, but theyre awfully cute when theyre little.

Try as I might, I cant come up with a good quality to assign to a raccoon.

They are mischievous devils that can break into most anything and are infamous for turning over trash cans and squeeze through the tiniest openings to get into an attic or storage building. They make a mess wherever they go and are known rabies carriers.

Once again, they are cute when theyre little, but like every other cute little critter, they grow-up!

Beavers are truly a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Over time they have probably created more wildlife habitat than all human conservationists combined, as each time they dam up a wilderness stream or river, the resulting pools and ponds provide room and board for an endless variety of wildlife. The problem is the location of those dams. In the mountains and hills or even in a pasture off the beaten path, where those dams and resulting ponds are of no hindrance to man or agriculture, all is well.

The problem is that all too often here in the Midwest, their dams flood valuable farm land or roads and streets around city park ponds, and then they become the bad and the ugly.

I always spend a day or two at the state trappers booth at the Kansas State fair, and last year a lady from Galva stopped to tell us that Galva was overrun with red foxes and people were losing house cats right and left. I already knew that Hutchinson was home to several red fox families and our local conservation officer confirmed that Galva, and a few other towns around also in fact have a more than healthy red fox population.

Ive since learned that we too in Inman are home to a red fox family. Red foxes and coyotes do not coexist well, so red foxes have adapted to live quite well in towns and cities. They help keep feral cat populations in check, as well as numbers of cottontails, pigeons, rats and mice.

As far as Im concerned, that is all good, except when someones pet house cat is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In 2012, the coyote population in the city of Chicago was estimated to be over 2000. Chris Nagy with a group called Gotham Coyote Project that studies New York Cities coyotes told me that the Bronx along sports a healthy population of around a dozen breeding pairs, and the coyote population of New York City and all its suburbs combined would be in the thousands.

Every year I trap a handful of coyotes just a stones throw from the Inman city limits. The coyote has long been known as the most versatile carnivore in America, adapting quite well to life in suburbs and inner cities. Out in the county in the wild, the coyote definitely has a bad and ugly reputation because of the livestock and deer fawn numbers they kill.

Coyotes are a tad more aggressive and intimidating than foxes and I suspect that reputation alone gets them labeled as bad and ugly in suburbia too, despite the pest control service they provide.

For the past few years armadillos have been steadily creeping northward and are now fairly common in south central KS. They too are grub eaters and will make a mess of golf course greens and lawns. I caught one last year for a homeowner at Prairie Hills Golf Course north of Hutchinson; the critter was digging up her lawn in search of snacks. They are very interesting creatures, but like the possum, not much good can be said for them.

Like I said, Gods critters are much better at adapting to us than we are adapting to them. I guess in town, they can all be seen as good, bad or ugly depending on the scenario. One of the many questions I have for God, is What did you feed all these varmints on the boat ride here? Did you keep grubs in stock? Did you have peanut butter and jelly for the coons sweet tooth?

How in the world did you keep them all from eating each other? It all begs the question I wonder how critters would rate us, good, bad or ugly? I dont think I really want to know! Continue to Explore Kansas Outdoors!

Steve can be contacted by email at stevenrgilliland@gmail.com.

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July 7th, 2017

Mad Minute stories from Thursday, July 6th – Spokane, North Idaho … – KHQ Right Now

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MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Best friends Blake Walker and Tristen Gibson had a weird first meeting – he robbed her. Walker spent three years in prison for robbing Gibson of $198 as she clerked at a Port St. John, Florida, gas station in 2013, according to Florida Today . He used a broken toy gun, saying now that he needed the money because he was a homeless drug addict. “Are you joking?” she remembers asking him as he pointed the toy pistol at her. Walker knew he looked “like an idiot,” but told her, “No, this isn’t a joke, dear. I need your money.” She handed it over. He was arrested two weeks later. After his release last year, he moved to his family’s farm in Mississippi to start over. Days later, Gibson contacted Walker on Facebook to chew him out. Anxiety from the robbery had caused her to resume drinking, an addiction she had struggled with for years. “I said, ‘Do you remember me? Because I remember you every day,’” Gibson told the newspaper. Walker apologized, telling her he was a changed man. Angry, Gibson blocked him. But after a few days, she says she had a hunch Walker was a good person who made a bad choice. She contacted him again to make amends. The first conversations were all on Facebook. They conversed for hours, learning that both faced addictions but were trying to get better. They became a team to bolster each other’s sobriety. They have talked daily since. They still communicate mostly through Facebook messages, with the occasional phone call. Walker brags that Gibson has been sober for almost 620 days. “I let her know every day how proud I am of her,” he said. Gibson boasts that Walker has become an amazing person. “I think we were meant to cross paths,” she said. “Our higher power works in mysterious ways.” The two can now laugh about Walker’s botched robbery. “It’s funny now,” Gibson said. “It wasn’t then.”

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A professional runner from Kenya says he had to outrun two charging bears while training in the woods in Maine. Moninda Marube went for a run early Wednesday out on a nature trail near his home in Auburn. The Lewiston Sun Journal reports he ran into two black bears just after passing a vacant house near Auburn Lake. Marube says he froze and engaged in a stare-down with the bears. He says he thought his only option was to run away. He says he ran back toward the vacant house and got inside its screened porch with the bears about 10 yards (9 meters) behind him. He says the bears just looked at him through the screening and then wandered off. —————————————————————————————————-

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers at a construction site dug up what first appeared to be an unexploded World War II-era bomb but turned out to be a time capsule from a nightclub that helped launch Madonna’s career. Police found the device Wednesday in the Flatiron section of Manhattan and determined quickly that it was not dangerous. It turns out the capsule was buried in 1985 by clubgoers and bartenders from the club Danceteria. Former owner John Argento told the Daily News of New York he bought it for $200 at an Army Navy store on Canal Street. “It was just an excuse to do a party,” Argento said. “We forgot about it and went on to the next party.” Madonna danced through Danceteria in the movie “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and she performed there in real life, as did Billy Idol, Duran Duran and many other ’80s icons. The club closed in 1986. “The city was exciting then – it was innovation, music, art, fashion because kids could still afford to come to New York City and get an apartment for $100 and the drinks were $2,” Argento told TV station WCBS. Argento, who now runs two clubs in New Jersey, said he can hardly remember what was inside the Danceteria capsule. “I was hoping the contents survived and I want to get them back because a lot of people ask about it,” Argento said. The police said Argento may be able to pick up the contents of the capsule once they’ve been thoroughly searched.

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MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — The owners of a pizza shop in Pakistan say business is booming now that they’ve introduced a robot waitress. Osama Jafri, the engineer who designed the 25-kilogram (55-pound) robot, says it can greet customers and carry pizzas to their tables. The robot resembles a short, slender woman wearing a long dress and apron. He says he wrapped a scarf around the robot’s neck so as not to offend conservative patrons. He says sales at Pizza.com, in the town of Multan, have doubled since the robot was unveiled in February. Jafri’s father Aziz, who owns the restaurant, says he has three more robot waitresses and plans to open a new branch. He says, “I used to sell pizzas, but now restaurant owners want to buy robots from me.”

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Utility officials say a snake caused a power outage that left more than 4,000 customers without electricity in northwestern South Carolina. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier told media outlets a snake that crawled into a substation disrupted service and left Greenville County residents in the dark about 5 a.m. Wednesday. It took about 90 minutes to completely restore service. Mosier says the utility constantly works to improve its barriers to prevent snakes, squirrels and birds from crawling into the electrical equipment at substations and causing outages. But he says it’s not uncommon, especially this time of year. Mosier said small animals remain a big reason for power outages.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a man who threw a cup of bedbugs onto a counter at the municipal office building in Augusta, Maine, has been charged with two misdemeanors. The city manager said the building had to be sprayed for bedbugs. About 100 of them scattered on June 2, and the facility had to be closed for the day. The Kennebec Journal reports 74-year-old Charles Manning was charged with assault and obstruction of government administration. He’s scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7. Authorities say he had complained to the code enforcement office about bedbugs at his former apartment and left. He returned and let the bugs loose after he was told he didn’t qualify for assistance for a new apartment. It wasn’t immediately known if Manning had a lawyer, and a phone number couldn’t be found for him.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The bedbugs are back at a South Carolina fire station one month after an outbreak at four stations. The Charleston Fire Department said in a news release Wednesday that bedbugs have been found at one of the stations that had problems earlier this year. Firefighters are being moved to another station about 3 miles (5 kilometers) away. Charleston spokesman Jack O’Toole said the bugs were found on a covered mattress in the station’s dorm. A pest-sniffing dog determined the infiltration was limited to one area of one room. Interim Fire Chief John Tippett says the department has a set of pest control procedures after the earlier outbreak. The last infestation lasted a month. Officials eventually used large propane tanks to heat the stations to rid them of bugs.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say customers and vendors at a supermarket subdued a Pittsburgh man who tried to steal $150 worth of steaks. Online court records show 37-year-old Robert Twigg’s record of shoplifting and drug arrests go back 11 years. His latest arrest happened Wednesday at a Giant Eagle in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Witnesses tell police Twigg was putting the meat into a backpack when a vendor grabbed the bag, the store’s manager called 911 and customers chased Twigg and held him down until police arrived. Court records don’t list an attorney for Twigg, who was unable to post $2,000 bail and remained jailed Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 19.

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CLINTON, Maine (AP) – This Santa made the naughty list. Maine State Police say they arrested the driver of a stolen vehicle who identified himself as Santa Claus following a nearly 50-mile (80-kilometer) chase Tuesday. Police said the chase started in Clinton after they tried to pull the driver over for a traffic violation. The chase reached 112 miles (180 kilometers) an hour before spike strips were deployed in Newburgh, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away. Christos Kassaras, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, drove on busted tires another 15 miles (24 kilometers) before troopers caught and arrested him. It wasn’t immediately known if the 54-year-old had a lawyer. A woman who identified herself as his mother said she hadn’t spoken to him and had no comment. Kassaras was jailed on stolen vehicle and criminal speed charges.

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ATLANTA (AP) – A disruptive passenger was removed from an Atlanta-to-Chicago flight after yelling at a flight attendant while letting her dog run through the cabin. Passenger Michael Nash posted video of the altercation that took place before takeoff Wednesday on the American Airlines flight. Nash said the woman had reclined her seat while the plane was taxiing to the runway and yelled profanities after being asked to stop. The video shows passengers yelling at the woman to sit down as she follows a flight attendant to the back of the plane with her dog by her side. The plane returned to the gate, and another video shows a man escorting her off the flight. An Atlanta airport representative tells Chicago’s WBBM-TV that the woman wasn’t arrested and was rebooked on another flight. American Airlines says the plane arrived in Chicago four hours late.

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July 7th, 2017

Wildlife in Town; the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Dodge City Daily Globe

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Steve Gilliland/Staff Writer

I think overall wildlife have done a much better job of coexisting with man than we have done coexisting with them. If you think living in town excludes wildlife from our presence (other than the obvious resident squirrels and cottontails) think again. Possums, skunks, raccoons, beavers, foxes, coyotes and now in south central Kansas, even armadillos are right at home among us. Im sure most Midwesterners, and residents of large western cities realize that fact, but Ill bet many residents of huge eastern cities find that fact hard to swallow. Wildlife coexist with us in our towns incident-free for-the-most-part, even coyotes, but they all have their good, bad and ugly qualities.

Possums eat about anything but they especially love dog and cat food, which is always available in dog and cat bowls somewhere around town. Opossums, as they are correctly called really have no good or bad side, but are just plain ugly looking with a mug only a mother possum could love. They can usually be kept from your yard by excluding them from living under porches and outbuildings, and by cleaning up leftover dog and cat food.

Skunks have lived among us for ages and I guess their one good quality could be their appetite for grubs which they will dig for greedily. When I was a kid in Ohio we had an invasion of June bugs one year, which begin life underground as grubs. Skunks were riddling the local golf course greens nightly digging for those grubs and preventing that many from ever becoming mature June bugs, but that appetite also got them in big trouble with the golf course crew. Obviously a skunks worst quality is the stench that results from any unfortunate encounter with them, but they awfully cute when their little.

Try as I might, I cant come up with a good quality to assign to a raccoon. They are mischievous devils that can break into most anything and are infamous for turning over trash cans, they can squeeze through the tiniest opening to get into an attic or storage building, they make a mess wherever they go and are known rabies carriers. Once again, they are cute when theyre little, but like every other cute little critter, they grow-up!

Beavers are truly a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the ugly. Over time they have probably created more wildlife habitat than all human conservationists combined, as each time they dam up a wilderness stream or river, the resulting pools and ponds provide room and board for an endless variety of wildlife. The problem is the location of those dams. In the mountains and hills or even in a pasture off the beaten path, where those dams and resulting ponds are of no hindrance to man or agriculture, all is well. The problem is that all too often here in the Midwest, their dams flood valuable farm land or roads and streets around city park ponds, and then they become the bad and the ugly.

I always spend a day or two at the state trappers booth at the Kansas State fair, and last year a lady from Galva stopped to tell us that Galva was overrun with red foxes and people were losing house cats right and left. I already knew that Hutchinson was home to several red fox families, and our local conservation officer confirmed that Galva and a few other towns around also in fact have a more than healthy red fox population. Ive since learned that we too in Inman are home to a red fox family. Red foxes and coyotes do not coexist well, so red foxes have adapted to live quite well in towns and cities. They help keep feral cat populations in check, as well as numbers of cottontails, pigeons, rats and mice. As far as Im concerned, that is all good, except when someones pet house cat is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In 2012 the coyote population in the city of Chicago was estimated to be over 2000. Chris Nagy with a group called Gotham Coyote Project that studies New York Cities coyotes told me that the Bronx along sports a healthy population of around a dozen breeding pairs, and the coyote population of New York City and all its suburbs combined would be in the thousands. Every year I trap a handful of coyotes just a stones throw from the Inman city limits. The coyote has long been known as the most versatile carnivore in America, adapting quite well to life in suburbs and inner cities. Out in the county in the wild, the coyote definitely has a bad and ugly reputation because of the livestock and deer fawn numbers they kill. Coyotes are a tad more aggressive and intimidating than foxes and I suspect that reputation alone gets them labeled as bad and ugly in suburbia too despite the pest control service they provide.

For the past few years armadillos have been steadily creeping northward and are now fairly common in south central KS. They too are grub eaters and will make a mess of golf course greens and lawns. I caught one last year for a homeowner at Prairie Hills Golf Course north of Hutchinson; the critter was digging up her lawn in search of snacks. They are very interesting creatures, but like the possum, not much good can be said for them.

Like I said, Gods critters are much better at adapting to us than we are adapting to them. I guess in town, they can all be seen as good, bad or ugly depending on the scenario. One of the many questions I have for God, is What did you feed all these varmints on the boat ride here? Did you keep grubs in stock? Did you have peanut butter and jelly for the coons sweet tooth? How in the world did you keep them all from eating each other? It all begs the question I wonder how critters would rate us, good, bad or ugly? I dont think I really want to know! Continue to Explore Kansas Outdoors!

Steve can be contacted by email at stevenrgilliland@gmail.com.

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July 7th, 2017

OMF – Lebron seems bored in the Eastern Conference, would he be bored in Boston; Christian thinks he’s special 7-6-17 – WEEI.com

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Starts to this look like it made some note or don’t they don’t care she cigarette you would just you would just throw cheap dollars out they’re just because you need the position filled the just because you needed yeah so you and you had one that was doing the good job and you wanna get another guy with no experience Chauncey Billups. Who’s also interview we had other and other teams I interviewed in Atlanta so it’s not like this just some market and let me find somebody who LeBron James likes. That’s what that’s what it’s more about your Jermaine job is trying to figure out. How you can keep. LeBron James. In Cleveland that’s a mean job on the weekend OK so if they if they can’t and I think we all agree that he’s all but gone. If you do any change you’re in the perfect position. Perfect position on the front and the boss but that’s why I would be carrying logo is front and Boston are betting though but that’s why be careful. About what you do with some of these younger players because if you look at the Eastern Conference right now. If LeBron is not here you’re biggest rat. Is from behind. With the youth. If you’re looking at Milwaukee Chris Kazaa and you look at it right now Washington is a stalemate because they just don’t have. Any minute any room. Atlanta is on the way down. Okay Indiana’s on their way down Chicago’s and they’re way down may be Miami’s on the way up everybody else can the Sox knicks Orlando. May be Philadelphia’s on the way out. You have to worry about. From behind now more than you have to worry about a book you could squiggles Conan and any disintegrate here now so what you’re doing you have enough. To be able to compete here in the next year and then you wanna make sure you hold changed around youth and the you don’t because you’re gonna need that it can be yeah. And if you leave your intro Cleveland and you kind of know that LeBron James is done it to you here in your heart to heart you know the relation was never really good especially after the first hour and a whole letter did Dan Gilbert the route there. And they’re just kind of let CME we can win you know he’s done. Why would you. Commit resources. Why would you give throw more more resource is a more players just to get one more knowing that afterwards he’s gone and now you’re leaders Harry early and maybe Kevin Love. So look at that look at the west now. If you’re in the west during the Iran than Boston or the west he got to worry about Golden State San Antonio Houston. Oklahoma City in the future got to worry about Minnesota may be dishing the future of the lakers. There’s six or seventy person that you got to worry about in the Eastern Conference if you’re Danny Ainge right now. You don’t want teaming got to worry about that team may disintegrate here and another year. I think is that LeBron comes to Boston be bored again he would be doing Arafat could he could you know what he would be he would meet David Price here in Boston if he came to. On he would study hall and on and on no no you can’t they really what do you do let upscale. Landed in Atlanta meaning that it and it’s all you need you know I can’t tell you not going to be somewhat desperate are going to be mocking Camby is given he does skip you may compare him to David Price I would compare him to Larry Bird. OK skip that’s what I would do I would compare LeBron the Larry Bird like 6177797937. That is our club never. A we got to get to the latest here. With with a Tom Brady Tom Brady the businessmen we gotta get some of that and that will also give away a couple tickets. Red Sox against the Yankees on July the sixteenth you also got to qualify. For fifty dollar gift card to the Red Sox team store will do that coming up in the next hour. Act always and act on WEEI 140 characters of new England sports know how we keep up with the shield on Twitter. That’s back to more importantly admirable in 48 right now. On Sports Radio W. All I’m after six plus 777979. 37. So this past weekend we all of us sat down and watched that Tom Brady. Take is still little travel log of this trip through Asia them. And get very chummy with ESPN that some people took offense too because let’s face it the Caspian really it was a nice to Tom Brady. During deflate cape but you know Tom is one of those people who just. Let’s let’s put all that aside and whatever. How did and if so what we’re getting now is we’re really getting. Corporate harm this is the real corporate talk he started about playing to was 45 but. Not he’s gonna use every day of the next five or six years to kind of go out there and and promote the brand. And he’s putting body conditioning nutrition book or remembered put the cookbook out what was that like to order parts death yup and whenever gold cover and I don’t very very hit treasure Simon and Schuster is publishing it. It is a strength training and nutrition book that he beat twelve messner method. How to she viable. To achieve a lifetime of sustained peak performance. Tony asked is the demographic like the professional athlete from 3540. Arianna how he doesn’t. It was it’s gonna help like a 1516. Year old high school I think that’s where I think that is that your target audience. The hit mother young to change the mentality grab like almost as light a cigarette company. I couldn’t get hooked on lately you know both those candy cigarettes they move them along the railroad. And his work a ridiculously you know 567. Years that that middle aged professional athlete is trying to stay in play and I love it pliable no gun. But this time around he’s appealing to the comment so again he can pay what it’s one side of the street is somewhat short in the Papa John’s side of the street. The heart cover version. We just told you 200 bucks was that back cookbook now the hardcover version will be 29. And if you wanna buy it and is an. Fourteen hour her fans and everyone can afford it Kindle I’ll give me Nagano and allow pets ever if you’re down pucks and you’ve got to. You can suddenly perform. At age forty through 45 it does it actually. It reveals breeze revolutionary approach he sustained peak performance for athletes of all kinds and of all ages. OK it’s not just for for adults not just for you know it’s forever and that’s why we talk about the whole appeal overseas. International and this is or if he starts to own some kid dictate don’t eat dairy at sixteen or peppers and tomatoes are rate plant there. Well whatever you should be an avocado ice cream tomatoes isn’t the kind of like in the hole like all these shadowy right. But the zone diets and at 35 and where it’ll just one of those at the same league mentality and here’s and here’s like. A because the Zone Diet always. You know comes to mind when I think about these. These fad that was a high protein diet and I’m sure we’ll want to be honest review and feel like one comes out every other week. Some guy with a new new method and how to lose weight. Some guy with a new math and how to sustain peak performance. All they all got some good qualities to them but none of them have all the answers he gets you points a year or so in order to follow this. Russell can cost here has eating right costs a lot of money. You can’t eat days he can’t eat that you can’t just grab a quick snack yet to blend this yet the mixes yet they’re cooked this no he can’t Friday. Can’t speak it in the microwave. It’s Mets. You know that’s the challenge. It but the books only fifteen parks. Evil. Cooking by. Watching this thing this past weekend ESPN did not even put. A glove on they were in it was almost as if they were hired. To do and and commercial didn’t get the feeling watching this thing. It started when you’re right it’s like it yeah I didn’t and coming out this book is coming out September perfect time it’s. How do you fault this how do you fault him for any of us who Britney. Yeah and I don’t mean I cannot finish the authenticity install program this is at all this is all a a business model. He’s using it it’s not much different than some of the stuff that we heard from your buddy Tony Robbins or whatever this’ll make sense this is what Tom Brady is this is what he wants to be. Wednesday June 21. Inside REIT coliseum in Tokyo. Couple thousand adoring fans waiting for amber she’s the all of them routes need to have good indication my receiver and quarterback why that longer than quarterbacks and receivers played together. That’s going to be. Redid the teacher is not shining jewel in the top football players in Japan how to get better on the peace. So I rate cut is an example brush fire Japan is men. But elated that pop astronaut and I have to you know kind of I’m a big impact gotta warn of the guy or a candidate for president sound like it isn’t even firmer shall leniency at 2 o’clock in the more selling a product. Yeah and did what Tom Reynolds coarsely illustrated in the leap practical athletes Bible from. And athletes a viable so it’s gonna be. It’s gonna be everything your mother told you that’s really when it comes down to to make an opportunity to vote yet but it optical making lots of drink lots of water. Stay away from the junk stay away from the you know what I will beer and alcohol and loose women. As an Indian is that going to be and things rented for Tom no one was hard. This is what’s on our lives is just a little better and they don’t want to promote your book will promote your trip out there you brand TB twelve assignment. We have couldn’t be happier throwing the ball I’ve been here always align your left shoulder which you’re part rock. Point. Vote and released. You earlier pictures is a rivals dot com website from a topple ball players and Japan. He did you find a picture like that like the baseball guy than something that’s done. That’s not there with Johnny a tough a time in an OK that guy looks like a football player to play in the wrong sports export Jack get a lot of soccer. Yeah a lot of soccer is nothing. So I inherited a decent at soccer when American front it’s the other courts and American vote. But Brady has ESPN eating. The that loose of that. Don’t gonna make you look good candidate make you look so pretty the questions that they had an opportunity to ask him specifically. About what his wife said on CBS on CBS this morning okay about concussions or whatever. That is that an interest in question whenever. They didn’t put our hand don’t they were soul no follow up together to the interview. Donovan Miguel yes. It. Yes there was no follow up there was no. This is your wife singers are you fearful that in on the next concussions may really do severe damage you’re not of that. She sees that it’s a mean she was vocal about that. Most recently on CBS about the concussions how much do you talk to about those hits that you take I mean she just. She’s there every day I mean we go to bed you know in the same bed every night so I think she’s. You know she knows and I’m source she knows I’m tired she knows you know when I get hit shows support me as long as I continue want a place you like. Just like my mom and and the two of them together sit next to each of them this week much immediate hit all day it. I’m sure is not fun. Glowing personality. They don’t have that may have. Cold here yeah I don’t have to that is the rolled out a lot about persona let’s use personas is just sliding through persona and his persona. Not the personality necessarily put the first sound a bit difficult subjects leak out there this year than any of the actually actually do we I cover that all I want we talked about it this ultra woman that we about football in Japan that we’ve talked to was in China and they wish him. Yes yes let’s amend or do reminds me when divisional plumbing and they’ve asked her slowing down gas is bigger than they have you you definitely we don’t play it and — ago so Leo likes and the sumo wrestler is the alignment and it will be a big big Fella we discard you as always beware the diapers and a hell do they showed. Obviously we like their version of laundry football but it it was. It was like an informers from watching that thing. And they just adored him you know this is the same ESPN. That that knowing when hate. Patriots hated Belichick needed crack updated. But radiated. Killing him upon you to know about. What about the falling you destroyed so this is it that much as you guys have been yep you guys diet. Budget certain foods that you can’t beat. Yet some some foods are reacting to her my body to your body differences is that bidding react differently to Glenz yes it’s on and on the front office. Show but I’ll tell all of it tough individual lives that with good Damon up be good for you syllable it’s I don’t eat Paris short circuit combustible engine gets a hot favorite out of it tells you because you would have to do I get scary but cannot get it also but in order to. There’s a bunch of food debris doesn’t he he doesn’t need to doesn’t eat peppers or ZA plant tomatoes are Aaron he shares. OK so now he’s also obviously gone through a process to figure out what foods he shouldn’t eat now are all foods are. Art don’t affect everybody semi dead that’s basically what you guys return for the past years and you’ve lost fifty pounds yeah bra and little what yet Kurdistan 37 now okay. C get the book yup it’s yet to go through the channels. To figure that out took another you know arm of the TV twelve foundation want to be OK guys need to people who become. In total with what we’re not sitting here saying it’s crap I think anonymous interviews crappy it obviously works for him and he’s the perfect spokesman. For his business venture here because let’s see four years old he’s the best quarterback in the National League reach a better advertisement is definitely. My thing is that good 1617. Year old kid has got to get stronger as got to get bigger. You know. Has yet to get pliable right now pretty pliable at seventeen under sail at that age you’re attacking nannies but there’s got to be at different workout regiment. Easier. NFL or college you you probably lifted a different way of course you worked out differently. Then you get the point where you were big enough. And now it’s about stretching out your muscles may be yet grow even more or me you know being more pliable as you get older. So how weak it’s on sale at what he does now is different than 120 year old kid in college. Probably need yet and everything I discussed at all got to sell Lou and he’s he’s got a solid on the premise that work. For Aaron Rodgers advised book. But yeah any irony is that okay I don’t like Plato and duties of general and I think that were missed me and sought honors of the book everybody is. Waiting to to read it in and hear about is an idea that I have. What is or is it. Why your kids’ socks and will never be professional athlete that you are a lot. Real honest with you that’s that’s I think if the parents listened as well I want my kids Sox it will never be professional athlete yeah are you know change yes let’s let’s put it. Like I I I note the first liners. Let’s beyond. Any kind of half of how have been out there online back. Why chapter. In our. I don’t hire. Advanced John Smith gays or seven. It doesn’t work out that if you invest more money for a few lessons. It doesn’t carry out games to play professional sport sedan risks are and they had great fathers I guess huh. What else would you object to would be all the things you can do with the money that you would say by not giving the run a one on one left with not that’s the type of money on gas. Highly to decide they give you actually right. Construct is right do they do it on that well we dispute just pop into a microphone somebody translates it and made it make you sound relief idiots mark of fifty grand that you already invest in your twelve year old does not guarantee league play varsity no not. Is chance high school let’s be honest. A look in the mirror OK I think that would sell I think. Actually they goods itself. They have a lot of walks in that dad gets in his book for a Christmas opens it up. You know what are your kids so no I never played OK it’s it it would be coaches or just people in the industry. That are inundated with people like we’ve. Parents think their sons can be the next LeBron James even though there are only five to. They can say lets you know what before you start and commit the resources let me let me there’s a bookie you should read. Now I did a duel for fondly wanna you know the competitive advantage and you want to go through motions and buy out here to tell you. Your kids’ socks and we’ll never make it into the so what section of of Barnes & Noble. Would this be under health with the 300 depression know the depression like. You know what. You know me anything what would it be something they are sort of beats inertial face you. Beautiful stars appear to me. Yeah sorry you know the enemies don’t count and have that the ball up. And right hey. Say it is why did they not forget guest Friday I had better refutes it cash. Yeah it appears. He’s so different as a kid as a birders. Didn’t let’s summer job he gas hot hot fudge shop at the world today. Still to be tall but later it. Drying up all these special. Have special and special and a policy not prolonged so is everybody gonna have to duties of being a good read Xavier both if you wanna access to Tom Brady right there and you look joking because he got a direct them to help you know you can do before. We’re the only times have been him. And my father’s and lifted its investment in the blue that what do you think of his swing and you say we think what you think Mike is across speaking your toe. Our. The is the prospect of goodies and that stick if you can do with. He Palestinians until you. But he’s got lessons talking to me here’s a hell of here’s how it always is gonna personally confident talking about it I can take it this is the least well. Put it into play baseball all you know I can but he’s really good enough about it. So you don’t get the BS line you know sits and is good I think it’s good that she and of course there are good at bat well of course I do it is nobody’s Camp David. Well happy to do that elegant and audit. Shows ever. What has become apparent about it here so anybody admitted he’s Tom Brady now because he’s in a new phase of his life where he’s thinking of life after football. They all gonna have to do like what ESP ended. Which is you know edit it down on the grounds bow down and guess sort of seems like I couldn’t believe this thing was what sustainable. Brady like everybody else doesn’t ring but is this a little old port this is a little two month. Yes Pete kissing his ass the bat. We come back and I can have a quote squirrel moment yes it’s six trip to be one course. I’m back on and how proud you teach these. Yeah holdings are now rising and let horrendous they are things away from the high definition of a squirrel moment now when you’re teasing older oldest performance. Okay all of a former congratulates all the performance. Work in progress this and comfortable. Jobs notes inside jokes at the idea let’s get to the element in open and honestly do. On each other than what’s your thinking it was implemented as a wanna see you gotta be an issue for me right now is working now back to board waiver ammonium forty fox sports were telling me. Here we go squirrel moment squirrel himself. Well I mean let’s lose kind of right it does kind of ruined in effect there but I don’t want to be you know it gives your form of identity or you’re. In your thoughts and not really that’s that defeats that lets get the opposite of the squirrel moment like teas and messages just sort of innate need to buy it. Here so. This so that keeps him. To Europe two actually it was well beautiful to see guilt by more popular camp for just and so are people team it’s unbelievable to us about Italy’s got a look at Lou already thought about her here. The Italian we have by the on an idyllic village skip Bayless as best I don’t want to play basketball why are we gonna come out and other white basketball. It was actually. Think subsidized them I’ve never released. You know I had the experience of you know seeing. A reading you know out here in the states. Is that vibrate that’s right this hotel an email asking some questions about you know trains and locations and transportation. And I like that these cases is in Rome at the wrong can I get the nicest replies I’d never received a reply it is not like something’s not mean I can’t. I mean really is that the column I bonds and Italy. And I was like an American they don’t go whale out of me I don’t do that nobody wanted to wise and try to when you’re roving. Really I don’t think the later when I got the accent down. So this is your Christian take you for your kind you’re very kind email. You’ll you’ll receive an answer for more colleagues of the concierge desk within within a day it’s on I remain however this apart it struck me I. I remain however at your complete disposal for any further assist Booker can’t beat our opponent. And the intent on also benefit audio. And you. Is just like the surprise advocates and I Britain out not the only thought in your name on it Roberts are now I think personally I ugly scenario matters right now what do you expect a little while and I. And I got our little Archie Miller guy right now choosing things you know obviously want to ask you even comes. I’m going to say it was markets sorry but I Mari I. Where I was Christiane oh yeah and that’s that’s a if you think that’s that seems the economy automated response from Antonio and pony when not do I know you like to feel special. Fortunately in his case OK Williams her own experience he played on they give like you know this is going to be a soccer toes and doing everything we need to know whatever we want and as I met him so what you got that response he’s the perfect Antonio suck my toast. Just an album the way they release of a go above and beyond. There’s did the deal there I’ll never hear the word no what they should even against against those before so they should do well why don’t knots or media if you find a prisoner is willing to do that you can excited they even asking for aren’t the only. Now. You want your posts on it. Just a prize nominated. Right and another in actually you know Paul can you read an email author of Imus and you are you know. I guarantee you get the same response after just ask Matthews yes Lauren question you know okay and see if Antonio gives you the same reply back apple deepest. I will be upset about you’d have thought of that. The football. To market payment in charge of the of the show some phone calls him on your Christian west front spring hi Chris. Eric Karl suckers you got to think outside the blocks inspiration I do not see our who’d been shot in Cleveland at all. But whoever remains giggled LeBron actually did mention. I knew we had an issue or not he says yeah I mean an application. Base hit him all right. So this whole term won’t hate to again and Ernie Jerry and everything like we gonna trade judiciary. And we’re gonna trade I read about foreign and I hope to get a syndicate this year and we’re not being goldmans if it. And egg hunt at acting did good runner someone might galaxies stars rock and and and yet. Knowing their radical right up. Just to get out one championship hopefully next year to Alice as well orchestrating irony. Q who decent mark but the Nokia inks are having one run next Chia. And then wooed and everybody being where oh tripping on. Except there is except here’s the problem and you got to get LeBron to go along with a program. So LeBron will sit there and cigarette trade my ass to Dallas. You’d be stuck with Kevin Love I’ve got carry with me then I got to move carry in my supplemental Los Angeles the year after that. So and he’ll make some noise about that once he does that they have a problem because he’s you’ve lost all you trade leverage. All right I’m sorry did I ruin today. I’m still trying to figure a way for an echo we wacky talk when entering the boss he’s got. More of a former KOJ. Wizard and automobile high political. I hope to average out why I’m sure he doesn’t like winning the glove doesn’t like winning these are people who are out and so annuities sucking his total including audio and I don’t jam and all it you know he does business here ready for the X and we group does does this year he’s part of the group over its. They’re a partner or you come down our wall that ball I like winning. I’d like you like we’re doing it every day and everything we don’t need look rock. It’s. In. The web and you know and you’re. We championship in the wrong on the downswing and where Whittington and stabbing yet not yet not yet oh what it. It’s going to be so much Swede had Ambien I. I can’t get worried when writing team ticket itself LeBron to win championships and always the best player in all bitten apple. Resorted Golding is pretty mess is the goal to acquire the best our players take LeBron and a second. How quickly to join me to say yes and then bam Digisette take LeBron I’ll take him. I don’t think we’re heartened to live did you do that I keys look at Hayward the bronze and an average out. And I was gonna happen this christened Lincoln Rhode Island hey Chris. Avago got you. I will post while wanna say that put hundreds of data from. This this act in the public duty it is what I guess my question right now is. I think that closely at least it played there. As a teams. Without a tunnel contract with on. Should Al Horford you looking at 88. Or tight grid of working out. Okay everyone’s at a board. Al Horford not take an epic now. And it doesn’t work that way in India doesn’t guarantee contracts. So you really can’t do much of what she did at the end of the contract and then you can play some games with a if the players going to get something out of it on the other ran but what does Al Horford gets a three years left on. He has three years wasn’t freeing an option it’s just went you always get sued left and a player option in 2019. To one. To use them you know here’s here’s the thing. So why go to. Go to like joy when I when I’m hungry homeless delight in light your world to like the last thing we’re there now one Italian food I think Hayward where’s the best Italian restaurant right to say where’s the best at we’re supposed restaurant Italian restaurant implement Italy Italy hey that’s a point where is where I was trying to sort of Italian restaurant. Are you kidding me I. Just pulled it pulled. A taco and use your hands when you’re doing. Ahead hello. We are around you yeah it’s a vote drinks DC got a nice Italian red yeah. Let’s check it out right here give me that there is culinary point if you ever go to Canada US or Canadian bacon urges asked for him. Could hear it Canadian bacon is basically just handle we call can beat him up their hands. As they can and probably give me Hannity past winning Canada in your view computes. And again that’s a retaliating to take advantage of the hey Paul when you write that email to that cup series of there and apparently sent it saying listen we’re gonna get the best Italian restaurant early learning about the Italian and you guys that I sent us an idea next time I throw it into much would you hold it there. You grab like the local continue to ask him way he eats. Don’t have my Rondo is known to Familia USA that’s an area he eats this or you tourist trap which is as good as both ends better you wanna as a player he eats. You want Graham on the backroom Camaro with a journalism. And maybe Lou Beebe got the people there you know literally before and never been out of the country before we do you know indefinitely but you’ve never been funeral I don’t know why he’s grown into Monroe Monroe. It doesn’t count you never rumbles. No real actually. Not a world travel back and how little money like you do Steagall back you people in a college outpace US dollar in liberty tours you can’t get to a when about what he has. All Padilla. Eight Marciano. In the job. You’re gonna get in trouble and that’s it thank all of I think god you want it will be you know. Round. This it’s right on 5677797. 37 more of the travel logs show admit next.

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July 4th, 2017

Exploring Outdoors Kan.: Wildlife in town the good, the bad and the ugly – hays Post

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I think overall wildlife have done a much better job of coexisting with man than we have done coexisting with them. If you think living in town excludes wildlife from our presence (other than the obvious resident squirrels and cottontails) think again. Possums, skunks, raccoons, beavers, foxes, coyotes and now in south central Kansas, even armadillos are right at home among us. Im sure most Midwesterners, and residents of large western cities realize that fact, but Ill bet many residents of huge eastern cities find that fact hard to swallow. Wildlife coexist with us in our towns incident-free for-the-most-part, even coyotes, but they all have their good, bad and ugly qualities.

Steve Gilliland

Possums eat about anything but they especially love dog and cat food, which is always available in dog and cat bowls somewhere around town. Opossums, as they are correctly called really have no good or bad side, but are just plain ugly looking with a mug only a mother possum could love. They can usually be kept from your yard by excluding them from living under porches and outbuildings, and by cleaning up leftover dog and cat food.

Skunks have lived among us for ages and I guess their one good quality could be their appetite for grubs which they will dig for greedily. When I was a kid in Ohio we had an invasion of June bugs one year, which begin life underground as grubs. Skunks were riddling the local golf course greens nightly digging for those grubs and preventing that many from ever becoming mature June bugs, but that appetite also got them in big trouble with the golf course crew. Obviously a skunks worst quality is the stench that results from any unfortunate encounter with them, but they awfully cute when their little.

Try as I might, I cant come up with a good quality to assign to a raccoon. They are mischievous devils that can break into most anything and are infamous for turning over trash cans, they can squeeze through the tiniest opening to get into an attic or storage building, they make a mess wherever they go and are known rabies carriers. Once again, they are cute when theyre little, but like every other cute little critter, they grow-up!

Beavers are truly a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the ugly. Over time they have probably created more wildlife habitat than all human conservationists combined, as each time they dam up a wilderness stream or river, the resulting pools and ponds provide room and board for an endless variety of wildlife. The problem is the location of those dams. In the mountains and hills or even in a pasture off the beaten path, where those dams and resulting ponds are of no hindrance to man or agriculture, all is well. The problem is that all too often here in the Midwest, their dams flood valuable farm land or roads and streets around city park ponds, and then they become the bad and the ugly.

I always spend a day or two at the state trappers booth at the Kansas State fair, and last year a lady from Galva stopped to tell us that Galva was overrun with red foxes and people were losing house cats right and left. I already knew that Hutchinson was home to several red fox families, and our local conservation officer confirmed that Galva and a few other towns around also in fact have a more than healthy red fox population. Ive since learned that we too in Inman are home to a red fox family. Red foxes and coyotes do not coexist well, so red foxes have adapted to live quite well in towns and cities. They help keep feral cat populations in check, as well as numbers of cottontails, pigeons, rats and mice. As far as Im concerned, that is all good, except when someones pet house cat is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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In 2012 the coyote population in the city of Chicago was estimated to be over 2000. Chris Nagy with a group called Gotham Coyote Project that studies New York Cities coyotes told me that the Bronx along sports a healthy population of around a dozen breeding pairs, and the coyote population of New York City and all its suburbs combined would be in the thousands. Every year I trap a handful of coyotes just a stones throw from the Inman city limits. The coyote has long been known as the most versatile carnivore in America, adapting quite well to life in suburbs and inner cities. Out in the county in the wild, the coyote definitely has a bad and ugly reputation because of the livestock and deer fawn numbers they kill. Coyotes are a tad more aggressive and intimidating than foxes and I suspect that reputation alone gets them labeled as bad and ugly in suburbia too despite the pest control service they provide.

For the past few years armadillos have been steadily creeping northward and are now fairly common in south central KS. They too are grub eaters and will make a mess of golf course greens and lawns. I caught one last year for a homeowner at Prairie Hills Golf Course north of Hutchinson; the critter was digging up her lawn in search of snacks. They are very interesting creatures, but like the possum, not much good can be said for them.

Like I said, Gods critters are much better at adapting to us than we are adapting to them. I guess in town, they can all be seen as good, bad or ugly depending on the scenario. One of the many questions I have for God, is What did you feed all these varmints on the boat ride here? Did you keep grubs in stock? Did you have peanut butter and jelly for the coons sweet tooth? How in the world did you keep them all from eating each other? It all begs the question I wonder how critters would rate us, good, bad or ugly? I dont think I really want to know! Continue to Explore Kansas Outdoors!

Steve Gilliland, Inman, can be contacted by email at stevenrgilliland@gmail.com.

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July 3rd, 2017

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Squirrels in Wikipedia

The squirrel is a small or medium-sized rodent of the family Sciuridae. In the English-speaking world, it commonly refers to members of this familys genera Sciurus and Tamiasciurus, which are tree squirrels that have large bushy tails, and are indigenous to Europe (but not Ireland), Asia and the Americas. Similar genera are found in Africa. The Sciuridae family also include flying squirrels, as well as ground squirrels such as the chipmunks, prairie dogs, and woodchucks. Members of the family Anomaluridae are sometimes misleadingly referred to as scaly-tailed flying squirrels although they are not closely related to the true squirrels.

The word squirrel, first attested in 1327, comes via Anglo-Norman esquirel from the Old French escurel, the reflex of a Latin word which was itself borrowed from Greek.[1] The native Old English word, acweorna, only survived into Middle English (as aquerna) before being replaced.

Common squirrels include the Fox Squirrel (S. niger); the Western Gray Squirrel (S. griseus); the Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii); the American Red Squirrel T. hudsonicus; and the Eastern Grey Squirrel (S. carolinensis), of which the Black Squirrel is a variant.

Unlike rabbits or deer, squirrels cannot digest cellulose and must rely on foods rich in protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Early spring is the hardest time of year for squirrels, since buried nuts begin to sprout and are no longer available for the squirrel to eat, and new food sources have not become available yet. During these times squirrels rely heavily on the buds of trees, in particular, those of the Silver Maple. Squirrels are omnivores; they eat a wide variety of plant food, including nuts, seeds, conifer cones, fruits, fungi, and green vegetation, and eat insects. Ground and tree squirrels are typically diurnal, while flying squirrels tend to be nocturnal except for lactating flying squirrels and their offspring, who have a period of diurnality during the summer.

Predatory behavior by various species of ground squirrels, particularly the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, has been noted. Bailey (1923), for example, observed a thirteen-lined ground squirrel preying upon a young chicken. Wistrand (1972) reported seeing this same species eating a freshly-killed snake. Whitaker (1972) examined the stomachs of 139 thirteen-lined ground squirrels, and found bird flesh in four of the specimens and the remains of a short-tailed shrew in one; Bradley (1968), examining white-tailed antelope squirrels stomachs, found at least 10% of his 609 specimens stomachs contained some type of vertebrate mostly lizards and rodents. Morgart (1985) observed a white-tailed antelope squirrel capturing and eating a silky pocket mouse.

Squirrels are generally clever and persistent animals. In residential neighborhoods, they are notorious for eating out of bird feeders, digging in potted plants either to bury or recover seeds, and for inhabiting sheltered areas including attics and basements. While many companies sell bird feeders which are supposedly squirrel-proof, very few of them really are. Although expert climbers, and primarily arboreal, squirrels also thrive in urban environments that are largely free of trees.

Squirrels are sometimes considered pests because of their propensity to chew on various edible and inedible objects. This characteristic trait aids in maintaining sharp teeth, and because their teeth grow continuously, prevents over-growth. Homeowners in areas with a heavy squirrel population must keep attics and basements carefully sealed to prevent property damage caused by nesting squirrels. (A squirrel nest is known as a drey, especially in Britain.) Some homeowners resort to more interesting ways of dealing with this problem, such as collecting and planting fur from pets (such as domestic cats and dogs) in attics. This fur will indicate to nesting squirrels that a potential predator roams and will encourage evacuation. Fake owls and scarecrows are generally ignored by the animals, and the best way to prevent chewing on an object is to coat it with something to make it undesirable: for instance a soft cloth or chili pepper paste or powder. Squirrel trapping is also practiced to remove them from residential areas.

Squirrels can be trained to be hand-fed. Because they are able to cache surplus food, they will take as much food as is available. Squirrels living in parks and campuses in cities have learned that humans are typically a ready source of food. Hand feeding is not recommended, however, because squirrels may carry plague or other animal-borne diseases. Even if they do not carry disease, they often have a hard time telling fingertips from food, and bites are painful. Squirrels are occasionally kept as household pets, provided they are selected young enough and are hand raised in a proper fashion. They can be taught to do tricks, and are said to be as intelligent as dogs in their ability to learn behaviors. In these cases, a large cage with ample access to water and a balanced diet with good variety will keep a pet squirrel healthy and happy. As a pet, the owner must be aware of spring fever at which time a female pet squirrel will become very defensive of her cage, thinking of it as her nest, and will become somewhat aggressive to defend the area.

Squirrels are often the cause of electricity outages. The animals will enter transformers or capacitors looking for food. The squirrels are then electrocuted and cause a short circuit that shuts down equipment. Squirrels have brought down the high-tech NASDAQ stock market twice and were responsible for a spate of power outages at the University of Alabama. They will often chew on tree branches to sharpen their teeth but cannot tell the difference between a tree branch and a live power line. Rubber plates (squirrel guards) are sometimes used to prevent access to these facilities.

Squirrels were responsible for 177 power outages in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1980, which represented 24% of all outages. Estimated annual costs were $23,364 for repairs, public relations, and lost revenue. In Omaha, in 1985, squirrels caused 332 outages costing at least $47,144. After squirrel guards were installed over pole-mounted transformers in Lincoln in 1985, annual costs were reduced 78% to $5,148.

Urban squirrels have learned to get a great deal of food from over-generous humans. One of the more common and inexpensive foods fed to squirrels is peanuts. Recent studies however have shown that raw peanuts contain a trypsin inhibitor that prevents the absorption of protein in the intestine. Dr. James K. Kieswetter of Eastern Washington University suggests using roasted peanuts instead.[11] However, wildlife rehabilitators in the field have noted that neither raw and roasted peanuts or sunflower seeds are good for squirrels, since they are deficient in several nutrients needed. This type of deficiency has been found to cause Metabolic Bone Disease, a somewhat common ailment found in malnourished squirrels.

Until recent times, squirrel meat was considered a favored meat in certain regions of the United States where it can be listed as wild game. This is evidenced by extensive recipes for its preparation found in cookbooks, including older copies of The Joy of Cooking. Squirrel meat can be exchanged for rabbit or chicken in recipes although squirrel meat is more tender than the latter. Squirrels can often become prey to different dogs that have the speed and agility to catch them. Its light red or pink flesh has only a slight game taste. In many areas of the U.S., particularly areas of the American South, squirrels are hunted for food. However, the American Heart Association has found squirrels to be high in Cholesterol.

Despite periodic complaints about the animal as a pest, general public opinion towards the animal is favorable, thanks to its agreeable appearance, intelligence and its eating styles and habits. Squirrels are arguably the most successful wild urban animal species. Squirrels are popular characters in cartoons and other forms of media, such as the works of Beatrix Potter, Redwall (including Jess Squirrel and numerous other squirrels), the squirrel Pattertwig in C.S. Lewiss book Prince Caspian, the Starwife and her subjects from Robin Jarviss Deptford novels, Scrat from Ice Age, Slappy Squirrel of Animaniacs, Sandy Cheeks from Spongebob Squarepants, Hammy from Over The Hedge, Benny in The Wild, Rodney from Squirrel Boy, Secret Squirrel, Conker the Squirrel from Rares Conker series of video games, the squirrel-themed super-heroine Squirrel Girl, Foamy the Squirrel of Neurotically Yours, Nutty from Happy Tree Friends, and Rocky, Bullwinkles partner in adventures.

The Albino Squirrel Preservation Society was founded at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001, and its sister chapter at University of North Texas (UNT) petitioned for an election to name their albino squirrel as the universitys secondary mascot. The student body narrowly rejected the call.

Olney, Illinois, is home of the worlds largest known albino-squirrel colony. Kenton, Tennessee, is home to about 200 albino squirrels. Brevard, North Carolina and Marionville, Missouri have a substantial population of white (not albino) squirrels. Western Kentucky University has a locally famous population of white squirrels. Exeter, Ontario in Canada is known for having non-albino white squirrels, believed to be the result of a genetic mutation in the early 20th century. White squirrels are also commonly seen in Dayton, Ohio on the main campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and on the campus of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio The snow belt in Western and Central New York (Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse), also has a significant white squirrel population.

A decline of the red squirrel and the rise of the eastern grey squirrel has been widely remarked upon in British popular culture. It is mostly regarded as the invading greys driving out the native red species. The actual degree of competition has been disputed.

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June 30th, 2017

OMF – Has Rich Keefe surpassed Lou when it comes to annoying John Farrell? 6-29-17 – WEEI.com

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Are you ready. Fort Wayne and bony and 48 others are report over the weekend that coaches we’re not happy with how you’re using Craig Kimbrel. Enable that they thought you were doing at Xavier job. Is that very truth of this report I have no idea were coaches on your staff didn’t like how you reap incredible. Among wherever and and and talking about not with clay and Lou and Christian but since then you’ve used general differently so I don’t know that was related. You’re saying no I don’t know what you’re talking about that are that I can pull it up with you on wanted to read the article there that we’re looking for a moment for anything other than I. Yeah I didn’t night what true which you and Sports Radio WEEI. I’m looking for. Did I tell me I I would grade I I approached he shows every day I’m not looking for anything whatever happens the next four hours. I’m not look at where everything is Dick and look at some real powerful. Success. Success of assess just overall. 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What was he thinking or why would he do that and move her like a bitch a field and say that after every time he does something stupid we say. What was he thinking register at the sorting what was he thinking I did think. Can we defeat it markets what nobody knows what I was thinking to get behind the reasoning it’s no clue would play out here’s what really concerns me the most is that. He has to be watching these shows to actually comment. So if you are if you’re pissed off now that that might go and you know Joseph Scarborough. And you’ve got to be watching their show to actually have some type of anger or some type of of those bastards I’ll get back I’ll talk about you know her facial you know. Surgery whenever. That’s what you have to because you just out of nowhere suddenly between him and it’s actually so what are you doing. That’s the problem. Is what is he doing and then yesterday was a joke at the White House so what we had what are when the pin and the car. The cops orient there’s always welcome to. Thank you guys know I hate these White House celebration yes I think there a photo on the or photo yet hateful your photo Basel where for the president. Date date create a controversy now because were all about politics which side of the aisle. And know what side of the help anybody zoning markets though set you know. You know separation of attitude people are all over the place. Put. So yesterday. He invites I guess Tom records the owner of the Chicago Cubs. To the white house with the cub players the president. Cubs already words there. They decided made a decision internally probably see those decisions as we know where it is politics. To be there when Barack Obama was stolen off its okay so we know it’s transparent we know you what you wanna do what you like him you know the problem I had was Tom rickets the owner. Is a supporter of Donald Trump put a lot of money be on the campaign or whatever it’s like I’ve got to believe may be trump was up and bit. So suddenly Tom records had to put together as many players as he could including Joseph Maddon and go back to the White House for a second. This doesn’t go appeal this deal obviously was driving force behind making sure they get in it before. Trump and no question. So now suddenly dummy you need ridiculous because it will Lincecum will want to go thing you have a district you have a different political persuasion from your boss that happens probably at all your all the times on. But did Dan Gilbert shows up that’s deal with a slight while it’s either I didn’t know it. So what would I guess what it was it was. All of those who were pissed off that they had to attend the Obama White House where their celebration and make up day. So everybody was gonna show up and come back right is that I guess. It is because the Cleveland Cavaliers had to go there with Obama right up. It’s nothing meats and spoke at the earth and there’s his picture going around yesterday I don’t know who the player was. He was sitting right in front of front desk and it had its hands in his pocket. And like his middle finger was is kind of probably you could see his middle finger it was like. It’s that little loosening up yet to see. Leading off the bullet visit the site which you don’t is what happened you notice it was the Alex reemerge and those that you already know their political view. The one that aired a inherit is that smoking got I got it definitely got that. In your prison smoking ya and hundreds smoking area and it was I mean it was indeed just opened the finger and a certain position. Is that just bizarre I hate these White House visit yesterday. Was even dumber. You know like I hit I I I like them personally designed you know if he never if you never grow up. If everything operated doled Internet and he’s not leaving on the East Coast when you go into you know the White House. You get a free ride you get a free ride he. International Selig you wanna go out yeah so let it go and be great Downey went I don’t know amends shows account rights and I don’t quite if you went on to say and his had to have been. The Chicago public who didn’t go in if you wanted in goal was I mean I don’t know what everything’s wood turtles that you triple wants to go I don’t I don’t Donald I don’t go I don’t really care it’s people gulf fine let’s go Cingular and Alltel. It out of the hole tell much seen all the movies sometimes my problem isn’t necessarily with the teams because I guess if you’re a player on the team. May be even if you don’t politically green to the person sitting in office if the president of the United States you wanna go I’d wanna go to. You know and would have nothing to do with whether. It’s a Dem or Republican. Led for the person or more important things going. I mean we got a war against terrorism here. We get North Korea firing off these you know missiles test missiles would food with possible nuclear weapons. We get a health care issue right now that he’s having trouble with. We got all sorts of other problems. And we’re wasting our time pre and comes back up the first time. But the second. Didn’t Dan Gilbert’s got to go there but I guarantee you. He did you are probably went to his team said he. Great opportunity for it back to go to the White House the second pack age are what do you think let’s go no no don’t since Henrik Otto Reich I’ll have. It’s and it is enormous when his friends are growers the biggest problem I have is traps kept more important work to do that’s like it pissed off he’s playing golf period. Pisses me off scientists. This one from which fine despite what hold your breath table I hope nothing really bad at a table in none of it. None of this anybody off as much as John Farrell was pissed off yes to a whole lot jealously. I think know a little Joseph I don’t you know Dow Jones she’s the wrong word and you’re the proud Papa no season I’m proud of Edison. Thought it was entertaining and obviously they don’t like each other. Heard much going into that interview because I thought at it like the way. John answered you know the base running in name and only at those joked we handle it very defensive he came out firing. But then they keep obviously got a little aggressive. Condescending and a lot of be pushed to do. I’m surprised. By house Carl that would been discussion afterwards you just walk out on surprised. You know the event there’s a bit but a visit to value added I don’t think there’s there’s nothing going on internally volatile he had the stuff. But I’m just I’m surprised early Arnaz and it’s gonna hear from him Rick his lips off. So it brought a lot so I I heard it ignited TI actually washed the smell of uncle at worse after everyone talking about become real I saw Ben last night game we we are we were talking about it. And when I watched it. The stare down. Woods. So unbelievable. I could not believe that eight seconds dental away now I think it wasn’t here are people you see the FaceBook live video. And the questions over the back import is over between keys in Ferrell and dale starts doing his thing. And Ferrell is just. Eli not to be you know I done that the people or did Kirk Lewis he’s looking bats are no luck during that yes. There’s no guess they’re coming down on me and so me and looking at him and also now have that was standoff yes you have to blink first of all there’s music that should be that should be talked about. This should have been a discussion. Afterwards I think I had this weird year look at how I’m also in I don’t know why wasn’t there was no when I was sitting around here. It was 100% correct this is the biggest problem him because I thought he did a great job I really liked his approach I think I was was he condescending. He was what he was getting bad attitude and if you happen if you shoot the FaceBook life. You see the attitude you see the guys you see the facial expressions Farrell’s got to stand up to. You’ve got to stand up to no I well as one nation before why got to stand up to him yes and it is just of them are much talk about it and you get. I have the same problem Lou that. The interview was over it got me now this is radio gold. And let’s face it. That John Carroll interview. And open markets and if anybody is usually everywhere they. Okay apples and goodwill we thought oh well he’s like the CEO he didn’t say anything I’d. This was great radio. Now what I’m here when we come back. I wanna hear them talking about what was going on in between what did we all miss those nothing right and they didn’t. So they know they talked about there was nothing John just left. I went to commercial and edited managers quit on these things are really keys should have a discussion of the league you gotta clean year. I mean you are also on the air yelling no I don’t privately yelling screaming in my office we talk. Come by some let’s have a did you there’s no respect the these guys don’t edit which is that apparel has no I listen why would he do he’s a better things he’s been with with like Francona for example to start doing the media you know whatever and it was this and discussions and I’m on their radio or TV unum you know items in this this this whatever. NEC got a minute affluent a month two months what are we going there and we yell. We yell at each other. And it’s all your peers your peers but say we yell at each other it’s all over it I mean as a good discussion of my points it was just inland yell at me like it’s just I really don’t think that’s usually it’s already and you move on her as a professional athlete you play the restaurants down let’s start again at Steve we do this again no it’s not it’s not gonna end. Hello I’m all right it was great racing radio is just a little Harlem trying to strike on this thing down solution so. We cannot keep can’t is that okay only three ushered out just found out when he talked about my awful. But he didn’t always show but he didn’t do that and he didn’t do that in the is a difference between you because you played the game. Okay Keith is not eight reported its over the are on a day to day basis you know you’re a baseball baseball has a YouTube that debris you played in little. On the people in the game of baseball. They have a different respect for the people that are over there every single day covering the team vs those from afar who scream and yell and have opinions. On fair job as a manager OK you know that. It’s much different so keep this one of those outsiders just are trading with any respect whatsoever he would not treat PD Bremer anybody else. He Abraham would talk to now where she would he would go so high that you can use back and you can use that might it is a great job. Excellent job probably anybody would mean that the home and everything else is great. What would amaze me at that of that whole conversation. Basis I’d never seen a guy in his position. Who has the success who won a World Series won a championship. That is they aids they had colds last managed to control the whole environment. Speed soldiers respected by everybody. By everybody you disrespect us but they don’t get on the bend it like every time he interviewed. It’s an inquisition it’s it’s it’s a challenge when it up byte where Earl Elliot yes no no no from the people who who have said all can know from the people you. It was wet and press saw it in the UK okay so the people system keep all obviously his his a drops okay opt. Quote a blue obviously hasn’t reached now the music it’s it’s Lou can can challenge it was not afraid of it and it has the the the knowledge to have a back to where we are okay but how do you where’s the at bat an interview hold on just 32. But. Downplayed it was it was unbelievable awesome. But they’re going to bump John Ferrell. I’ll look at that everybody I’m going. I did when World Series we are in first place sort virtual time now I mean I am there are a lot of games it is a long season I want World Series I don’t know what I’m doing. And everybody check and like I don’t leave him. People rich shall we talk about talking about what the challenge when he. No when he faced yesterday with Keefe is not your average is not what he faces on a day today announced over the I don’t like it or acts ice so what are they don’t get your point. It doesn’t the fact is that. What he’s in your view from people who have a set not the beat guys not everyday guys who don’t use question what he’s quest when he’s challenged. More and not challenged in just OK there’s an answer and the towns with a follow what. It’s all a slight. I think about what he’s thinking about Kiefer and Lou or anybody else. He’s posing. Who the hell are you. He won a World Series he’s a manager he’s he’s managing the entire team does not just the main thing to note here at first listen to me visually where the shot should are. Are massed on our guy that we are legitimate ordered a trial that you talk you. I missed maybe I mismanaged. In his position I feel like he’s disrespect it allowed everybody acts. Yet he gets the respect like no he gets no respect for what he’s accomplice in the past autism no respect. Best okay arguments Lou what blue talk to him like that. No booby condescending like that was Lou Utley we have a what is. Fell to look at all my. It’d be the question is not up for debate. I was just amazed line that. The guy in his position is it’s respect. He doesn’t get any respect no I feel like people who who. I guess or are strong enough to. You know debate him don’t give them any respect. That’s it OK we’ll get to will place some of you think your perspective let’s hear. Glowing rhetoric will play he gets respect here’s what I don’t just inches right to think he gets criticized. From some people yes from the meat from the guys that government databases and they do count but that’s what because they’re they’re they’re not aren’t there yes we’re very that are either. It does help most of the guys that have access to on every single day. You don’t get outside Jackson’s wishes to do a talk show we don’t get access to move is critical Obama on a daily basis. He might hear this stuff but he’s not getting it directly ethernet access to a and gave me exactly what the outside world. Is thinking about these are the questions I need to ask what are the answers if this thing I would say it showed me and I think you’ve seen a little bit of this recently with Farrell. And he got thrown out of the game and which I think he was still wrong. About the call on the balk call. I think you start to get to. I don’t know what’s going on behind you see Ali didn’t I do I just don’t that you its key. Well I did it that well they’re a Smart idea of the art of adversity and I let’s Eric and we’ll get to the phone calls and we’ll get your reaction as well 617. 7797937. Big day in the NBA because there could be some movement today this is the day. Wind you would have restricted free agents you’ll have got to make a decision on those guys so there could be some movement today. In the NBA and with the Boston Celtics and will get specific Kelly Olympic. We’ll get to all of that and your phone calls 6177797937. And Dave Dombrowski joins us. At 1232. Day and we’re giving away Red Sox tickets and it’ll add a scholar Erica bright. Christian rants about the hat socks b.s and c.s courtesy of Twitter hack Christian Fauria. Right now we return Gomorrah or wait Maloney and 48 what Sports Radio WEEI. I just learned that John Ferrell will appear this afternoon. A field. Polly with kid is that correct mr. case that is correct or you’ll be here to thirty girl before the gave I’m not gonna ask you to ask him anything because that’s really going well yeah. A few hundred right actually it’s been met you have UHU via your live Ichiro was really doesn’t mean yeah now and those last two were both over the phone when I haven’t seen him in person or one good luck. I was just yesterday maybe we fired up a little too much any we’ve got to go through much but that was a little crossover react. And show about a half an hour later. It was dale it was key there was no holly he was off the day. They sent down to talk with John Farrell and it they did get a little bit. Now there’s a report over the weekend that coaches. Were not happy with how you’re using Craig Kimbrel and they will that if I were doing at Xavier job. Is there is there any truth to this report. So there’s report over the weekend we’ve a whole lot Fella get starts over again. Christmas is right that’s that’s later all right let’s start because it here’s a started started off just like we talked about it’s been awhile keep hasn’t seen him in person and and even you know dale mentioned it I think it’s been about a month rightly mention about be about a month your. So dale last softball question okay which you do where to watch the game at a bunch of different places and then. Our boy Keith jumped in with. I would say a quick question is can merits back and I’m used is their spot and it even a bad. I’m against us held our own and there that’s not how he’s got with the Federalist quasi if nobody is our order all. Involves men is going to be a buildup that you are you you’re a money to her producer today you already know one always make it count to five mr. you guys want to get writing I don’t want to write you one that’s Sears and those. Let’s try this again shall we got screwed up. Running which is a good question rob atop walked. You mentioned a bit off tonight last night nine Ron though once it hits but once again doesn’t Torre thrown out on the bases the seventh time Pedroia has been thrown out a number of your guys have run into outs on the basis is based in a problem for this team. Note is not word aggressive base running team a so. I’ll I’ll give you an example. In the last series against the angels so much was made an independent and being thrown out at second base Michael Calhoun on a ball to right center field gap in which he’s. Angling two to his right. A left handed thrower he’s got a close backup from the strike there was about a lot was made about that individual play two nights prior. On Friday night saying combination into Vinatieri hit the ball in right field line he’s aggressive out of the box. Forces of Bobble onto COLT now who is part it mixes the second. That goes unnoticed because that’s assumed to be what she would transpire. We can track the number about me you regularly bring them. How many opportunities we’ve advanced. And created other opportunities. When we haven’t been thrown out you know that number. A Thomas had no view. It’s gonna we’re we’re certainly. Boca where you are as far as getting thrown out. Well what I’m trying to elicit sort towards the top secret it is so there’s about there’s so when when you actually got figure net positive. Well because. You wanna focus on the negative. Anyone over to the positive about anything but a couple what’s the black what’s the combination of the two with it if it’s positive work station to station ball. We’ve got to on the basis athleticism. And into news is he OK here’s why don’t have a problem with his I don’t have a prominent people are hearing this. And thinking that Keith was confrontational. The managers started. You’ll regularly bring up the negative and even daily and senate last week he brought the beachfront base running has been an issue. Now the view that the problem is identifying aggressive base running is a different strain that. And stupid patron. Saint talk about Ben intending down right field line please look behind you gonna force the issue but when it’s in right center. You you forced the issue you know you always think double and you let the fielder stop you. When the ball is fielded cleanly in front of human rights energy round first base. That’s when there’s a whole you know that’s where there’s OK I was thinking too but he fielded it cleanly or put myself in position that if there is a Bobble. I’ll be able to make it the second base. But yet David aggressive as a lot of times sets instead okay this isn’t a problem other times that that’s a stupid based on these defensive about this. He’s that he’s really good essays and I he’s prepared. He’s prepared to be. I guess productive you know you know aggressively. And aggressive just he. If you could tell that he knew there was going to be something there he want to make sure he had some ammunition the Christian I. I can’t and I hate it and nobody really no doubt he says he started up. I thought he started with the proper answers he was defending why they do. Of the uterus residents out Keith Higgins came in and try to bail amount by bullets in that positive I didn’t wanna go to but he didn’t wanna go there. Because he I think he and here crosses as he did for four for Keith before the if you want. He thought he was coming from a negative point do and that’s one problem item down on problem I have and it’s more in baseball than any of these other sports. Managers if the guys aren’t they are on the day to day basis and there are a lot of days they play 162 games they get defensive as somebody from the outside. Ask your question because your adult your from the outside you don’t know baseball in New York nightlife like PDA view is arguing it. You watch our team it’s instant it about Lulu play together and I doubt that that’s obviously included Elan are still much but they’re Vietnam one under on the respect there what are Anderson. Bob one of the big cars and outwit them is that. Lot of people criticize them without having all the information and nine I’d known this from conversations. You don’t have the information that we have yet you’re critical that’s why comes up when it’s. You know why would you leave Robbie Scott in what you don’t know do you don’t know that several prizes that more powerful you know against lefties from the right side note you know it’s. The information that you you don’t have. I don’t put on the you have all the information available and that’s that’s that’s the biggest complaint I think that they have the problem is is that like us you know statistics that we use to make our points and then we just ignored they don’t. I feel like it’s the same for them right because and I could sit there and civil light doing this because this let’s say this and it turns in a different you know understanding of one listen while we did it so. He’s just thrown out that you don’t have all the information that I have a clue how dare you question. Fault is that. In many respects it’s his fault and you said this in the day after and she’s like sea eel and a post game press conference in Houston at a press I have no wonder why he did that. You know what he didn’t want to tell you the truth he didn’t wanna give but I think that’s a good question and a good fall for keeps you. You look at it’s a yes we have been thrown out a line if you look I think like the Astros elect second right and got a great office. So the follow up is exactly what Keith did. In other is a few comments in there that you can stand that would (%expletive) off Farrell you know to mean but at the same point it’s so you think it’s a net positive. Yes you’ve been thrown out based past but we have gained more many more scoring opportunities with our aggressiveness is it there were willing to live. With OK and he started to address that at the beginning and I thought that was a good. Answer he was giving you the information that sometimes we criticized him for not giving us but this tactic defensive. Then it was you’re constantly throw in the negative that you if you’re a guy that’s asking a question. At that point that you dander up a little bit and and I’m always asked in the negative retardant and asking a legitimate question and that is do you own all the numbers as opposed to tell you the numbers. By the way on numbers have been made public and have you read those no no you’re so what is the only numbers I read that people writing about. Our how many times they’ve been thrown out there’s a reason why we all know that Dustin Pedroia is been thrown out seven media on his seven I think only eight but seven times on the based past. There’s a reason why we don’t see any Leo has been thrown out full five times it’ll play. It’s because that’s what you read and that’s the report. So is it shame on us for not knowing that hurts it would have not Kitna sat out the people are you to immediately Tucker will be running so. Give some of that information. Didn’t he do that by saying so it’s a net. Positive yet so he was giving the he was interpreting the answer that Farrell was giving him we’re aggressive on the base past when a station to station or athletic so we’re doing this because and we know gonna get cut out a lot more. Been doing this but it’s a net positive yeah. That’s all well you could tell right there where was golf. And in this is why I’m on the play that on first and then we’ll gonna do handling next and then we’re gonna do. I think that there’s a message general there wants to be a little eight build up a and it won’t name by numbers but he thinks the Hanley question. This is where John sort of and I really what’s the key to me because it was Tuesday it this could have been handled completely different and should have been an indication John Ferro. Power in the line. But the players who aren’t. He’s. Is there spot to when he is available to come back to maybe sit him against lefties because I didn’t throw. In the so he felt healthy to stop stop stop don’t stop at the open about its audited there’s there is right it’s. Sitting handling. Against lefties and he’s not producing. ND OE systems outsourcing is allowed to everybody so image is a site injury that way. You tell me it’s exactly what you’re doing tonight you could just civil suit and tonight against a lefty but now that it is him because he’s a healthy guy who giving them one more day. No we’re not considering sin against lefty would got to give this a way to answer it. Without just advertising that I hate you which Keefe. What it did but he gets into it more with the workday. Keep it on their cubicles so he felt healthy and go to work day I think if you followed our guys. When they missed multiple games there’s always worked they go through. Dialogue. That there’s more work day not a lefty you know one hitting them. OK so hold on hold on that’s what I imagine that’s what I just said okay. So he he he was not specific. Okay it was a bit of a completely different shades of course he can’t and don’t want but but. If you’ve been following our guys in other words you know to be beautiful beautiful as you are not here reviewed your way out the other thing is that other answer. What do wasn’t enough for us but up but it but he’s been out since the game Monday Tuesday Wednesday. He’s even fall all right guys that there’ll prepared times those were the following okay well. I don’t know maybe I thought maybe yesterday was the work that it nearest Monday so maybe Tuesday it was the work dates and he’s available you know so it’s just. This was there a way tumbled out anagram of passive aggressive digs from the very beginning that was one of them it’s putting their verse or line it’s more just to say this thing. It’s so no it’s more notorious in baseball than any other sport. And probably because it linked to the season in the access. That the media has every single death to the players and the manager up that there is this this thing is cold and baseball. And if you’re not there every day. You don’t know it’s the right you don’t have federal right to be critical of the right to question I get that’s what’s fans and and people from afford do on a regular events yet and it in my issue which amended it to later in the show because a more focused on this park and the key part. And the federal issues but the whole war. Date issued that completely confusing to me and I get past mine my friend Lou here that he played a game. Why that makes sense but I digress for now. Keep gone wanna keep gone through this sort of let’s let’s let’s celebrate will play the next week is Paul the patriotism won’t make this is basically me telling Lou again how soft baseball baseball players aren’t because. You know I just visited jocks are and what’s happened I’m trying pluses and inspired this’ll give Paul four minutes. At number two to cut them nuclear plant eight cents and a citizen corps. Actually Christine forty some people like embarrassed or you’re good other pitchers so people talk to their group and earlier was aplomb community battle when you’re crazy about politics or wait a looming in 48. So there’s report over the weekend I believe that says this. That coaches on your staff didn’t like how you. You can read them. Among world and even talking about. But this was. An interest in the best one yet it really is. Because it it it became pretty obvious to me that. He had to be aware of this you guys that are on the baseball shall the other night we talked about it. I think you guys talked about it Monday when I was often we talked about it a little bit into business where I eat it might not have known about. The report going public. I’m pretty sure he knew. If I believe the report. You do believe the report as a you do believe that the coaches. Believe that he was doing this out of fear of losing his job. Whether it was stated that way to John. You mean like the whole save your job thing. Whether that was actually said to John or not but I think that that was the feeling of the reason why the coach but gone to a or somebody gone to a you know I mean on earth I don’t know what it is a Johnny due to save your job offers a John Wooden what are you doing. You know you using in many situations to guarantee wins or get a what’s this guy gonna be like you know sick a lot out of you know whats he gonna do it later on you we really need this guy so whether coasted to do with the save your job I think that was like the relay that might have been the meaning of the coach Ronald the Kosher. Well happen a lot in the course of what 23 weeks and happened what four times that it reserves for a trip yet it was unbelievable fight let’s let’s hear that whole segment the current date for obvious question. And then the whole fun. Now there’s a report over the weekend that coaches. Were not happy with how you are using Craig Kimbrel and they rule that they thought you were doing at Xavier job. Is there is there any truth of this report. I might do or dogma so there’s report over the weekend I believe that says that. That doubt coaches on your staff didn’t like how you were using Greg. Among and in a document that no. The ideal I would Gerri have a feather reportedly over the weekend having on Sunday night OK I I didn’t heat wrap this is reporting and my report on thing it. Oh but since then you use Campbell differently so I don’t know that was related. You’re saying no. Out of what you’re talking. About and I wouldn’t pull it up with us on wanted to read the article there that we’re looking forward. The lawsuit comes as American what about coaches and staff. I talked much that it wouldn’t. About camera. About every player roster and a. Our question of the wake up. And during this area there are still enjoy god details reading the managers the original the what do you buy and for ten point four seconds all you can see in the FaceBook life is ferocious. Down. Rich too scared I’ll say this Heath. Should read in the report should’ve. And and and that is that the reason why correct so Nam he handled it wrong at the beginning recently on that you are you amazed at is that we go to vote I’m very. If that that was to me that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back. That is that what you’re looking for is that what you want me to do is. News oh. You could see I’m actually amazed he didn’t does jump over the desk in light choke him out. Wanted to read the article that aren’t ready yet sympathetic but already it’s like how. But that’s a legitimate criticism. A key is that you start to question by actually reading. Because you give him an out now do we believe that he knew about it yeah capsule into federal dual panel I’d. But did you giving a went out and deal that if you ask him whether he read or write your critic I district yeah I didn’t I what soldier that was that was really. So that that was blog. On Thursday by Jerry Caracas. It was we talked about a settlement of baseball show sports Sunday right after we talked about a Monday morning that you and we talked about it for awhile. And that was actually relayed. Promises. Report was actually relate to a Sunday before the Houston game. Here you told evident. And at that point he was using them for four out saves it was prior to that used in game has won that thing didn’t happen remember texting Jared Mulitalo. You know this was this was the opportunity DOE not doing anymore. And he came back on Wednesday at the other opportunity. And it didn’t happen and Jared went public with the on Thursday. So I believe it coming jurors been on things this year with whether it’s in the Bockwoldt surgery from down in Philadelphia than he had. If Poland Stephen Wright surgery before anybody did Orton situation Robbie Ross and Brian Johnson information meaning. He’s pretty tidy and articulate. Report OK can I ask you know you want to focus on the negative I want I want answered like Robinson how he he gets the stuff because he I don’t even believe he has credentials. Does it. With a hit the ball or not. These are credentialed reporter even though we work our two schools it’s a little while. So Ferrell used console Russia shall federal yes effect of dismisses that you know so he he he’s not he’s not media he’s not. But. When I keep on hearing is thicker obvious really does have a good relationship with the with the players maybe Cedric and The Who knows maybe he’s out there and always similar age so he’s probably has a report with these and other and at and other displays and other cities he’s built up a nice little networking he’s getting. Information so to me this credibility there it may be. On the orthodox credibility because she’s doing it in a different manner but you don’t fair hates the fact. The Caracas is coming up with information this is not the first problem probably just name has been brought to his attention about something like a Robinson’s add these Senegal dammit where’s he get this. Oh yeah because there’s since there’s a lot of truth to it sure sure okay and nobody in his position would like to be questioned one. Dignity to we don’t be questioned by somebody in no disrespect. Let gala Keefe who we doesn’t respect because he didn’t play the game he doesn’t really know he is he just got into that position that he’s in and so always probably been. You know just putting up with that dealing with it now he’s like I actually have to come back with some ammunition and was some stats that he doesn’t mean doled out. And he can because there’s because that’s what that’s what it is. Because he’s an I’d always had this issue with Ferrell is that he’s just not good at this now like this is not his wheel house and near India has hit. Keith has all the power Farrell is keeps little bitch right now that’s who he is he’s just a little little tiny little bitch in heat all wanted to read the article there. The root for what just what just to my point you earlier that’s okay is that is that the patients. He’s going. But doesn’t respect the. The reason while on play the other ones first was sort like the the federal came in with a tone. You know to me I just and then for a fee at the end I would say right there keeps that is actually played revolves around trees and based occidental elect a couple of things. You know it means you love them all up if you listen to that while she’s at Auburn nice though. Amiga is very condescending ago when after John you know so it was like I understand that side of it you know but he did go into it. Going after keep as well this is a good relationship there are secure right that he’s not good at explaining things you know that’s the thing that usually isn’t so open all the time you do these post games and it is it is aiding questionable. He has to decide what information you wanna give. You know the media or basically the fans because that’s what’s at reading about it. And that information should be some deciding factors and what made some moves there was some questionable. That’s a before any kind of questionable movies defensive and he shall. You would you think about pinch and is now. The right move. There’s no and but then as a follow up with the other days a perfect example of I get the beat writers did their every single day you don’t wanna you know wanna jump on me a deal him every day I get that side of it. But when he gave the reasoning for not leaving David Price out there for the seventh. Because after six innings he to a 103. 103 pitches where not great to have in goal 115 point. He’s defending himself not put him back out in the seventh. Because you’re an idiot you miss spring training missed two months it’s only six start of the year. A very simple non confrontational. Follow up. Would have then. Well John five days ago on Sunday night baseball at 104. Pitches after five innings you set them back out for the sixth. And he would have lost his. Everyone’s mind and did they don’t think now is it reasonable it’s all a lot because it is odd percent of and then maybe when I got the real answer since I usually David Price and it cracked fingernail. See it’s his DC he’s created his own problems okay this whole. This hole in any other city he’d probably OK with it but there’s two now he will not bought him an internal problem and nobody in Toronto but it’s it this badly but you have to elect every yet it took a every single time particularly when his mouth Klein. There is there’s somebody that’s commendable what do you say okay out Hannity say it he has to be so careful. Of what he says and I believe there’s just too much going on for him to yeah. Just hard disagree with you. When I was talking about the David Price that was the obvious number one question we also dampened a fan of senator quite clear and hold on an answer that was question number seven. By the media in attendance question number seven to his post game press conference and it was mumbled out to the point where that that the person who’s asked the question was almost fearful. Of getting the words out of his mouth why. Because the people that are around here. Basically kissed Farrell’s fast they defended they find ways of coming you keep on saying please one you know a World Series champ which we all recognize that. It’s all part of his resonate it will never go away. But when you’re a manager and you’re a manager in a town like this where we scrutinize every single pitch every single game. Then you kind of expect the people who are gonna ask what have you done for me lately and what it antennas that what movie did you enter misty you know we’ll deal with that. I agree with you on that point I don’t I don’t I think he’s terrible attic quite frankly and he can’t do it. There’s there’s that there’d be easy way for him to combat that type of interaction. And as somebody it’s possible I don’t think he has an interim we keep it short keep this week or don’t say anything at all because. He doesn’t have it he that he inhabit my if you might point she wasn’t he’s not even an issue. I was just I’m just amazed overall. Just how when I look at John Ferrell. It just seems to me. That he’s just disrespect it. And people are. Looking for reasons looking for opportunities always just respected yeah out to the Jerry Brown owner of one how many championships he was known in this town by some people as friends. Cold muck. What he’s in a home law. OK it’s great any was better than much burned them for oral. Even though he protected his players use much better at explaining stuff. It’s part of the job go back to that guys part of every job at any man and an Eyewitness News is not easy I’d. Our pitching is every easy asked David Price. Listen to your point don’t perceive me right that the lack of respect for this guy is is is no question in even. Even the beat writers like I said that don’t go there you know what that simple follow up of you know Edward doesn’t make sense. We’ll probably walked out of there shaken hands. And walk out they’re going to teach them. You’re the great explanation Roy’s record gold rated a 115120. After six stark why we want to do it after Smith an additional sector had you know I mean rather ask it. And to get their deaths there. As he can’t handle that part of it it it’s. You know it’s even I think even goes to those guys just thought beat writers privately agree that John had their say something totally different that. And in natives explain himself on his do himself any favors. Questionable blows a question as to question that but it ever comes up. Write a post game does it just like you know it’s political move on the PGA. You make yourself and they need and they had the need to be then the next day and they they needed a song I asked this question Bolton when those. Legitimate questions that key pass to Farrah now that’s that’s due to Jericho yes. Legitimate there everything artisan and a little bit differently I heard if if these two at a different relationship it would have been there’s no question about it John would’ve answered. That Hanley question properly in it would never got to that point. Again it’s you know if socialism and an outsider question he’s an answer immediately doing nothing against lefties forget about health forget about everything you thinking of sitting him against some lefties is just not producing. What’s in the net as a FEMA okay and that’s why but I don’t that’s not what the tallest of its like speech is Walt. It deviates the question properly. That we would’ve. On the people who don’t you think have been defensive over there when it seemed those two for her there for awhile and we didn’t do a Dem Ruskin what two weeks ago he’ll be on today at 1230. And he get defensive end a question that was asked anybody mailing. Tell our job and not let him jump. He held signs that and her child no doubt I had about I was joking usually don’t you sir man another and that’s probably would Ferrell should have to. Okay price should joked about it in L but he didn’t want to. So I must get the feeling that he put him in his place an and we caved it is he doesn’t back down. What Michael is supposed to do was he supposed to back down at that point. Our debt than we don’t don’t you’re the new the Euro the young kid on the block it’s just getting your first shot up in the batter’s box when I was supposed. You know the right answer out out. Screw you your better than me forget about that sort of my question. It and hopefully keep comes in here. Because all these costs out he’ll be Paul Weller is still a player he did he was it like a scare was considered was like an old old western. You know Lisa McPherson I don’t talk barrel on I ninety can be keys and tell me that both barrels enables you to assume that. I. 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June 30th, 2017

Bat conservation group to roost in Pontiac – The Detroit News

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A straw-colored fruit bat snacks on a cucumber at the Organization for Bat Conservation in Pontiac, Mich. on June 12, 2017. The organization recently moved into a new, larger location for their new Bat Zone which will have its grand opening on July 1.(Photo: Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)Buy Photo

Its sort of an echo-relocation.

The Organization for Bat Conservation, a group that operates a live animal center designed to teach the public about the flying mammals, which locate objects in their surroundings by reflected sound, is moving.

The group is relocating its Bat Zone quarters at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills to a roomier roost in Pontiac. It plans to host a June 29 media preview and a July 1 grand opening for the public. It held its final tours at Cranbrook last month.

This move is going to be phenomenal, said Rob Mies, the nonprofit groups founder and executive director. Everyone is really focused and energized right now. We have all these amazing things going on.

Michigan has nine species of bats, according to the states Department of Natural Resources.

The webbed-wing mammals are critical to ecosystems in the state and around the world, according to experts. Some species aid in the pollination of trees and flowers while others eat fruit and spread seeds to other areas.

Another benefit: since most of the animals live on a diet of insects, they contribute millions of dollars in pest control to Michigans agricultural industry, the DNR said.

However, Michigans bat population has been struggling with a loss of habitat and a fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, that causes a disease called white-nose syndrome.

The white fungus, which came from Europe, thrives in cold environments where bats hibernate. It also grows on bats skin, damaging it and forcing them to frequently wake up from hibernation. Infected bats use up their fat stores before winter ends and starve to death. Mies said its estimated the fungus is annually killing off about one million bats in North America.

State officials have identified five species big brown bats, little brown bats, northern long-eared bats, tri-colored bats and Indiana bats as the bats in Michigan most susceptible to the disease. Experts predict it could wipe out at least two the states bat species in the next decade.

Moving on out

The Organization for Bat Conservation first took flight in 1997 as a small team that offered educational programs featuring live bats to schools, nature centers and museums.

Five years later, the OBC signed a one-year lease for space on Cranbrooks campus off of Woodward. The groups bats and other nocturnal animals have called Cranbrook home for the last 15 years.

Mies said the OBC needed to move to a larger cave a 10,000-square-foot building on west Huron street near Woodward Avenue in Pontiac that once housed a First Federal Bank because its growth and new projects required more space.

It had 2,000 square-feet of space at Cranbrook, according to Mies. The group had a staff of eight, including Mies, and about 100 bats from around the world when it first took up residence there, he said.

Since then, its grown to a staff of 15 with about 20 more volunteers. It has nearly 200 bats in its program as well as owls, flying squirrels and a two-toed sloth. Mies said the growth forced the nonprofit to keep animals and employees in different buildings.

In 2014, the group launched its national Save the Bats campaign, an effort to mobilize Americans to become involved in bat conservation.

Last year, Zack Snyder, the director of Hollywood movies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, and 300, lent his talents and notoriety to the cause. Snyder and his Batman v Superman stars, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams, appeared in a public service announcement for the campaign.

Mies said the group plans to kickoff this year a new urban bat project.

Bats that winter in urban areas are the least affected by white-nose syndrome, but very little is known about those animals, he said.

Under the new initiative, the group will select 10 U.S. cities, including Pontiac, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York and Washington, D.C., to install bat houses, plant bat-friendly gardens and establish citizen-science driven acoustic monitoring programs.

This is really about finding out where bats live in our cities, where they feed, what we can do to keep them out of human buildings and increase bats population, he said.

The new building the OBC is leasing will allow it to expand its interactive programs, house more animals and give its animals larger enclosures.

It looked at a lot of different places in the region for a new home, but chose the Pontiac building because of its location and new developments that are drawing people and businesses to the city, Mies said.

Still, the group is feeling a little nostalgic about leaving Cranbrook.

Weve loved partnering with the Cranbrook Institute of Science for the last 15 years, he said. Its been a big chunk of the time of our organizations existence and the grounds are beautiful.

Michael Stafford, Cranbrooks director, said the institute wishes the bat group well.

After the OBC moves into its new home, Cranbrook will use the nonprofits old building for interactive, hands-on educational programs. It will reopen in late summer and the first program will focus on dinosaurs, officials said.

Cranbrook Institute of Science cherishes both environmental sustainability and education, he said in a statement. We fully support the OBCs mission to educate people about bats and inspire them to become actively involved in conservation. This move will enhance the Bat Zone mission and vision and further inspire its growth.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

On the move

The Organization for Bat Conservation is moving from Cranbrooks Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills to a new home in Pontiac.

Its new address is 75 W. Huron Street, Pontiac, MI 48342.

To contact the OBC, call (248) 294-7370 or send an email through its site.

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June 26th, 2017

Bed Bug Liability Claims on the Rise, Allianz Reports – PCT Magazine

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The pests account for 21% of liability claims, according to insurance provider Allianz.

Animal incidents, including biting bed bugs, are a leading driver of insurance claims and losses can be significant, says global insurance company Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in a new report, Global Claims Review: Liability in Focus.

AGCS analyzed more than 1,800 animal-related liability insurance claims that occurred between 2011 and 2016 on which it was a named insurer (either primary or excess). The top cause of such claims was deer incidents (58%, or 1,090 claims) which largely involve collisions with vehicles, which caused losses on average in excess of ($4,225) over this period. In many locations in the United States, such accidents are a major concern that may lead to vehicle debilitation, property damage, bodily injuries or even passenger deaths. The peak period is during the rutting season, usually in October and November.

Bed bug bites/infestation (21%, or 397 total claims) was the second top cause of animal-related liability claims according to the AGCS study, followed by insect bites/infestation (8%, or 147 claims) at third place.

The number of bed bug incidents, in particular, is on the rise in the U.S., according to the Bedbug Registry, a nationwide database of bed bug reports and complaints. According to the database, bed bug sightings in New York hotels alone jumped more than 44% between 2014 and 2015.

This trend is reflected more widely in the AGCS report, which reveals a gradual increase in the number of related claims received over the past five years. While bed bugs are found year-round, infestations and incidents peak during the warmer months of the year April to August. The number of claims, for example, received in May are double those received in February.

Dog-related incidents ranging from bites to mauling (6%, or 114 claims) was the fourth highest cause of animal-related liability claims, according to the report, followed by incidents with cattle caused by charging, bumping and other accidents (4%, or 82 claims).

Other unusual animal-related liability claims include a hotel guest whose room was invaded by a flying squirrel, another whose hearing aid and slippers were chewed and destroyed by a rodent, and at least two people who were attacked by aggressive peacocks. Peacocks with an attitude?!?!

Animal-related claims comprised almost 2% of the 100,000 claims investigated in the report, making these the eighth top cause of loss, based on number of claims received by insurers (see infographic).

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June 24th, 2017

Groundhogs are gardeners’ furry foes – Times Herald-Record

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By Dayna Valenti-GaetaFor the Times Herald-Record

Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, chucks, or whistle pigs, are the largest members of the squirrel family. They are knownby many for their fantastic digging abilities, and often leave the legacy of an herbivore by raiding small gardens and chewing on fruit trees and ornamental shrubs. They dig burrows under garden fences, stone walls, woodpiles, and house or outbuilding foundations. It is interesting to note that they can climb trees and swim.

Woodchucks often have several burrows which can act as dens for hibernation and provide cover for cottontails, chipmunks, skunks and the like. These holes also help to aerate the soil and encourage weathering to form topsoil.

While I wouldnt suggest groundhog stew for dinner, groundhogs are good eats for the red fox and other predators.

Punxsutawny Phil is perhaps the most famous groundhog. Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, the halfway mark between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. If he sees his shadow, he goes back for a six-week nap and we have six more weeks of winter.

At Cornells College of Veterinary Medicine, groundhogs are revered for their indispensable contributions to the study of liver disease in humans. It turns out woodchucks carry a virus called Woodchuck Hepatitis Virus, HWV, which is very similar to human Hepatitis B Virus that can lead to liver damage and liver cancer. Woodchucks have been paramount to the understanding of HBV, how it damages the liver, and the development of the newest, most effective vaccines. Read more at news.cornell.edu/stories/1996/02/cornell-groundhog-harbinger-health.

If you have a garden, you’ve likely seen a woodchuck or the evidence of them. We have a few woodchucks that ate their last meal in our garden. They love kale. And carrots. And peas. If they are a nuisance or cause property damage, it is legal in New York State to take them (kill). That is, if your local ordinances allow you to. But be aware that you have to bury them, which is a lesson in whole body composting. If you do not want to kill them, you should contact a wildlife nuisance professional that is licensed to trap and relocate the animal. It is not against the law to live trap them, but it is against the law to relocate them to another property, including state land, without a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Call the NYSDEC Region 3 Wildlife Office for more information at 256-3098.

A garden fence that is at least 6 feet tall and is buried in the ground 10-12 inches deep will keep woodchucks from climbing up over or digging under it. If woodchucks are creating a home underneath a foundation, there are ways to “bomb” their burrow to evict them. Paul Curtis, wildlife specialist at Cornell University, suggests using hardware cloth to keep them from burrowing under a deck area. The hardware cloth should be buried about 12 inches deep, in the shape of an L to keep woodchucks out. He also suggests using predator urine, like that of a bobcat, to deter woodchucks. For more information, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office and visit http://wildlifecontrol.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Woodchuck_factsheet.pdf.

Dayna Valenti-Gaeta is the community horticulture program coordinator atCornell UniversityCooperative Extension Sullivan County.

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