August 4th, 2017

Taking aim: gophers in cross hairs at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes – The Daily Breeze

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It was a scene that would make Carl Spackler proud: a groundskeeper at Trump National Golf Club, eye to the scope of a rifle, taking aim at a hardened golf course menace a gopher.

That was the unorthodox scenario that appeared to play out last week on the picturesque, cliffside Rancho Palos Verdes course built by the New York real estate mogul who now occupies the White House.

Though no one from the golf club would confirm what could be seen in plain sight, the gopher hunter appeared to be taking a page out of the 1980 movie Caddyshack, which starred Bill Murray as a gopher-obsessed groundskeeper whose character employed various forms of lethal violence in a largely futile bid to rid the fictional Bushwood Country Club of a destructive rodent.

At Trump National, the rifleman ostensibly a groundskeeper was ushered around the 18-hole course in a golf cart as he took aim at various points. A gopher or gophers were the likely target because the critters often wreak havoc on golf courses.

But its not clear what ammunition was fired, what safety precautions course officials took or whether staff should have been allowed to heft such firepower against a gopher in the first place.

The city of Rancho Palos Verdes prohibits firing weapons inside city limits. According to city code, it is illegal for anyone to discharge any gun, revolver, pistol, firearm, spring gun, air gun, sling, slingshot or other contraption meant to shoot a projectile or ammunition.

Another section of city code allows shotguns to be fired, but only to protect agricultural crops, and that requires a special permit from the city. No such permit has been issued in roughly a decade, said Deputy Planning Director So Kim.

Lomita sheriffs Lt. Alise Norman said she wasnt aware of any notice from staff at the golf club that a firearm would be used at the course along Palos Verdes Drive South. Normally, if a weapon is going to be fired, course executives would advise the department to avoid any confusion or response from law enforcement, Norman said.

Using a weapon to manage pests is not a common practice at other courses in the area, either.

Kerry Welsh, former communications director and current member of the Rolling Hills Country Club, was surprised to hear of a firearm used for pest control. Its not a normal extermination method, he said.

They will trap them, theyll use poison and things, but Ive never heard of anybody using a rifle on a golf course, Welsh said.

He later added, however, that the clubs general manager said that while the practice isnt the norm in Southern California, it is employed more commonly in the Midwest and rural areas.

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Chris Belcher, interim manager at Chester Washington Golf Course near Inglewood, said thats not how the Los Angeles County course handles pests on the links. Staff there tend toward trapping or poison to keep the burrowing rodents from tearing up the grass, he said.

Were not that aggressive, Belcher said.

Terry Kankari, a spokesman for Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, added that the county doesnt use firearms on any of its 20 courses. County parks and recreation staff dont use guns in any of their duties, he said.

Lili Amini, general manager at Trump National Golf Club, did not respond to requests for comment.

President Donald Trump, who owns 17 golf courses throughout the world, opened Trump National, Los Angeles in 2006. The previous owners sold the course for $27 million in something of a fire sale after most of the 18th hole green, fairway and all slid into the Pacific Ocean during a landslide. Trump invested more than $250million to repair and upgrade the course, which is not a private club but rather open to the public.

Trump National, which was the target of vandals in March and protesters in May, has seen a decline in business since Trump was elected president in November.

Correction: This story has been updated with Kerry Welshs correct title as the former communications director for the Rolling Hills Country Club.

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August 3rd, 2017

Lights, camera, contortion: the trailblazing work of Tim Saccenti – Irish Times

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Music iconography matters. Memories of our favourite records conjure up more than just the sweet sounds that wriggle down our ear canals. Video, photography and art are all permanently bound to the songs they accompany. When marrying the audio to the visual, its best to have a minister as inventive as photographer and director Timothy Saccenti. The new-age visionary is blazing a visceral style that draws influence from installation art, advanced science, deep-thinking philosophy and wild psychedelica.

Saccentis work contorts the mind. His photographs feel like a million moving parts that have been fossilised in time. His videos are striking and trippy, as though they must have been shot in universes that dont adhere to Earths natural phenomena. This distinct style has helped form a collaboration list that includes Run The Jewels, Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, Battles, Danny Brown, Depeche Mode and Vince Staples. What links Saccentis entire contact list is that he considers himself a fan of every single one.

If you played all my videos together it would sound like someones favourite mixtape, says Saccenti, speaking on the phone from his home in New York. If I dont like the music I have a very hard time coming up with visuals. The music world is not like the advertising world where there is so much money going around to just do a project even if you dont believe in it. And I also work with a lot of young artists. I really have to believe in the music and the persons point of view and what theyre trying to get across.

Saccentis CV extends into the world of fine art and commercial work, but music photography and videos are key pillars in his body of work. Theres a kind of synesthesia, the filmmaker finds, to having an audio touching point. Whether its classical, jazz, techno or hip-hop, he listens to the music and then sees what visuals come to mind.

My own intellectual concept is actually a texture or mode to work from, Saccenti explains. That seems to also work very well with the expressionistic sign of style that Ive developed over time, because the language of it can change depending on what the music is.

It also is a collaboration, so if Ive the artist to work with, we go back and forth in the studio when were creating this environment or if its a location or something like that. For me, knowing that their music is being shown in a way that is working for them is extremely important, and in an environment thats comfortable for them. And I listen to music nonstop. Its always been a major source of inspiration for me.

This spirit of collaboration can be seen in the video for El-P song The Full Retard, which was released in 2012. The future Run The Jewels rapper asked Saccenti if they could draw from the spirit of the cult movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. To oblige, the director set up a convertible car in front of a rear projection screen, recreating an effect used in the movie. The whole clip plays like a wild reimaging of a tripped-out classic but with a squirrel puppet filling in for Johnny Depp.

Originality can often be overstated, but Tim is producing work that is its own thing, says Greg Spring of Irish contemporary art dealers Hens Teeth Prints. Hes a visionary, one of the most original music video directors on the planet.

As a still photographer, Saccenti treats the studio like an experimental laboratory. Or, as he puts it, an alchemy of light. Lights, smoke, lasers and projectors are deployed to escape the traditional static feel of photography and form a more kinetic style.

Over time, we developed this concept of trying to capture an image to trap it in this world we build, he says. When you walk into the studio when were shooting, it looks very similar to what you see in the final results. Its dark, theres techno playing. Its been described as like 8am after a rave.

Theres dust in the air, theres smoke, you cant see anything, people are bumping into each other. And then in the middle of that theres me with the camera, directing the person to have some movement or to create the energy or emotion that were going for.

An Irish audience will be able to view a Saccentis work away from their monitors as a limited edition print of his piece The Low End will be on display at Hens Teeth Prints New Masters exhibition at The Fumbally Exchange between August 1st and 6th.

The Low End was created when Saccenti was approached last year by A Tribe Called Quest as they prepared to release their first album in 18 years. Much of the legendary rap groups artwork in the past has been adorned with depictions of Tribe Girl: the outline of a woman formed by red and green lines.

Tasked with creating a modern version of Tribe Girl, Saccenti cast a model, covered her in silver body paint and used lasers to project the iconic colours: Its a slightly uncomfortable process and slightly dangerous, he says.

An image of the model crouched into the same position as the illustration on the bands second album The Low End Theory later adorned the cover of Complex music magazine.

In the end we picked a pose that looked very similar to the iconic tribe pose, so we could understand the lexicon that we were dealing with. Anyone who saw it, it would resonate immediately as this iconic image.

As well as working with some of the music worlds glitterati, Saccenti has shot some sports A-listers for ads, including Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. For the latter, he was hired by A-Z Sportswear after the company saw a Run The Jewels video and headhunted its director.

From there, Saccenti came up with what on paper seems a simple concept: Ibrahimovic skipping. But set to Zombys slimy-grimy dubstep soundtrack and with a rope that resembles a combat weapon from a far away galaxy, its unlike any sports ad youll see flash up on TV. If youre going to hire Tim Saccenti, though, let him do his thing.

It was highly unusual that project because usually at some point [the client] usually says This is too weird Tim, can you pull it back? and then we do, he says. But that one they just said. Okay, this is great.

New Masters is at the Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2, from August 1st to 6th. It features the work of Tim Saccenti, Mason and Marina Esmeraldo

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July 30th, 2017

BOB BEYFUSS: Some things to know about woodchucks and how to get rid of them – The Daily Freeman

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Woodchucks, aka ground hogs, are sort of cute, furry mammals that are most often observed dead on the side of the road. Just glancing at them with their tiny eyes conjures up images of a harmless, not too smart, nearsighted, creature that is bound to get run over now and then. Is this regard they join squirrels, raccoons, skunks and possums as our most common type of non-serious road kill. That is unless you happen to hit one while riding a motorcycle, as I did about 50 years ago. That collision caused me to dump my bike and I still have scars from the crash!

The name given to the Woodchuck was originally an Algonquian name taken from the word wuchak which was used to describe different animals of similar size and color. They are largest member of the squirrel family and belong to the rodent order order is a broader taxonomic classification than family which also includes rats, mice, prairie dogs, chipmunks, beavers and porcupines.

They live in underground burrows, which can be quite extensive with several entrance holes, observation mounds, nesting chambers and even a bathroom chamber. The tunnels may go down vertically for 4 or 5 feet and then extend horizontally for more than 30 feet. Woodchucks have been known to excavate as much as 700 pounds of soil from their burrows in only a few days!

The major concern with woodchucks is the fact that they love to eat many of our favorite flowers as well as garden vegetables!

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Once they develop a liking for any particular plant, they will ruthlessly return to eat it, regardless of what you may try to do to repel them. Their preferred food list is extensive and it is hard to say that any vegetable or flower is completely immune. They are what is known as crepuscular, which means active at dawn and dusk. They do not need to drink water, obtaining moisture from the dew on the leaves of their food.

Some over-the-counter repellents are quite effective if applied before the critter starts feeding on any particular plant, but some of the best repellents are not recommended for vegetables. Read the label before purchasing. Dried blood is effective, but must be reapplied after heavy rain and since it is also a highly concentrated nitrogen fertilizer, it is easy to over-fertilize the plants you are trying to protect.

Getting rid of woodchucks can be quite challenging. Sometimes they may be live trapped using broccoli or melon as bait, but once trapped they must be disposed of. If they escape from a trap once, they will never enter it again. In New York state it is not legal to transport them elsewhere in your car or truck. It is not legal to transport any wildlife in the state without a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. They may be drowned, or shot or clubbed to death once captured. They may also be gas-bombed, but that is also a tricky procedure. If you decide to try that tactic, make sure you carefully follow all precautions and never use a gas bomb under a porch or anywhere humans or pets may be found. Once they are killed it is crucial to completely destroy their burrow entrances by tilling the entrance under and filling it in as much as possible with soil. Filling the burrow with rocks or wood will not work, as it will soon be re-occupied by other woodchucks. My Cousin Ken in Pennsylvania has shot eight woodchucks so far this season, that have been occupying the same burrow on his neighbors property and they keep on coming back.

Fencing them out is possible if you extend the bottom of the fence horizontally about a foot away from the ground, but a determined woodchuck may just back up ten foot or more and tunnel beneath it. A strand of electric wire running just a few inches above the ground may also deter them, but that tactic is also not fool-proof. A home remedy to prevent them from burrowing under a porch or shed is to pour a large quantity of household ammonia into the entrance of the hole and repeat that procedure several times. When no new activity is observed, the entrance hole must also be filled in.

Bob Beyfuss lives and gardens in Schoharie County. Send him an e-mail to rlb14@cornell.edu.

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July 30th, 2017

Hunting those rascally rodents – The Inter-Mountain

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Last week, I made a brief mention about doing some groundhog hunting for the first time in several years. Here is one way any hunter who hunts with a rifle can keep his shooting skills tuned up.

Several years ago, I read an article in the Saturday Evening Post magazine titled, Woodchuck, its war. The farmers throughout Central Pennsylvania and Southern New York State were having all kinds of trouble with the woodchucks eating their vegetable gardens. Varmint hunters were being welcomed with open arms.

Some people may not like groundhogs, but its the professional farmers who bitterly detest these little beasties. I have had more than one farmer to tell me having a groundhog on your farm is like having a rat in your house.

In West Virginia, farmers are always having problems with groundhogs digging under their barns and outbuildings, which causes structural issues. In an open field, they are capable of digging a network of tunnels with several holes that livestock can step in and break a leg.

When I was just a young teenager, I had a second cousin who had a prized breeding bull that had tripped in a groundhog hole and broke a leg. Cousin Roy was ready to go after these critters with dynamite. Every year in the agricultural region of the United States, groundhog tunnels are accountable for thousands of dollars of damage that is done to expensive automated farm equipment.

This critter may look cute on Feb. 2 when he emerges from his hole in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. or French Creek in Upshur County, to predict the spring weather. For the remainder of the entire year, this rodent is just simply a downright pest.

In the last 10 to 15 years, the groundhog numbers appeared to be on the decline in this area. This summer, however, I think that I have seen more groundhogs than I have in the past five years. Most people agree with me that the coyotes have been working on the groundhogs, but this year they appear to be making a comeback. One thing is obvious, the coyotes did not get em all.

During the summer, many like to indulge in shooting skeet or trap. For me, groundhogs are more of a worthy opponent. I have a groundhog rifle with a custom Douglas barrel that is capable of taking groundhogs as far away as 400 yards. ust being able to hold this heavy rifle still on a target as small as a groundhog at this range is the real challenge.

The groundhog, woodchuck, whistle pig or whatever anyone chooses to call this little rascal damages crops and vegetable gardens by eating fresh growth. One groundhog can wreck a fairly large vegetable garden in a very short period of time.

It was back in September of the mid-1960s when I asked another distant cousin if I could hunt groundhogs for his acreage in Roane County. This person was very reluctant about letting people hunt on his land because of a careless squirrel hunter who had shot one of his work horses with a shotgun a few years before.

However, this person knew my father and grandfather well. He also remembered me as a small boy. He then pointed to a large open field and said, There are a few groundhogs in that meadow that I need to get rid of. Try your luck over there. I went to this certain field, and in about three hours I managed to get two large male groundhogs using a .22 rimfire rifle. I saw two more, but they were just too far away for my .22 rimfire.

I brought the groundhogs back to show the farmer. He looked at them for a moment and said nothing. Then he looked at me and asked, You like corn, son? I told him that I did. He then said, Well, have some fresh-picked Silver Queen.

He then started tossing ears of corn in my direction to the point that I had to stop him by saying this is plenty. I then wanted to pay him for the corn, and here is where he stopped me by saying, You have already paid me. Just one of those groundhogs would have done twice this amount of damage. Here is just a mere example of how any responsible sportsman or woman can develop a good hunter-landowner relationship.

By the way, I did not leave the dead groundhogs on the farmers land. I took them home and buried them in another open field not far from where I lived.

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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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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

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On you’ve read each. Fort Wayne and bony and 48 he will now be viewed by way too many of the Celtic fans and I he would condemn them for this because they’ve starved for a long time not that straight out you know what they’re gonna say you know. And had to dole Larry Bird walk. Or yeah. All it’s Larry they’re gonna have delusions of were injured yet because. Here’s a white player if Boston with Glenn doing Christian Gordon Hayward looks more like Larry Bird and other players and Gordon Hayward to mean is this far from Larry Bird is we are right now sitting in Los Angeles from French Lick Indiana where Larry Byrd grew up that’s how far he is away from being Larry or on Sports Radio WEEI. It’s simple concept these guys just take cover this. Stereotypes. Assistance here’s the topic go. It promised a throw this out guys to start talking about it released to muscular role I got another look at animosity you know we’re worried that labor than other players. You like it is it is to one’s gonna want forever yet right I mean that’s Austin’s Gordon Hayward now you goals but I know but there’s no more Tyler Zeller there’s no more Winnick. While sort of wait and turn it. Anybody else out there doesn’t it you know there’s nobody saying that they were announced Kelly Alina. They were announced the addition opry house in guess what some team like Indiana. Is going to pay him 141516. A million dollars a year. But the across international. Of all white Indian trade under the cap to get them this. So don’t try to study not take about the narrative will anybody out there will be skip Bayless is of the world of Beaumont Jones or anybody sit there and say. You’ve got to be kids. Boston downloadable white guy. That they could have a lot cheaper OK they loaded the white guys and Indiana. It’s gonna pay him sixteen million hey hey hey hey hey I’m gonna Boston’s such an easy target size and these aren’t your. If this summer that that doesn’t work buying into so public that’s Carmelo Anthony stuff looks like he’s going to soon be an X net. Even though I integrated even after you tell me a raiders your your tree because you’re the you know the social entertainment director of the program and it’s sometimes a lot law last week said that he does not want to leave New York is he has a son in new York and plus apparently he wants to get back down with her she didn’t she loves New York is Alibaba don’t know yet so it’s about how. I’m hearing that Carmelo Anthony said went quick. It will waive the no trade deal. If you can trade me to Cleveland because I would love to play would matter of pride or you send me to each year’s thinkers. Lulu yeah down and I used on the loading now another great player in the Western Conference. It’s only what would you if you’re. This and that’s that ship that whole New York beat Spearman that is done and over you’re never gonna say should the New York as many as we call our CF never gonna happen. So I mean accorsi but why is that the only team the only two teams bug wasn’t Boston in the mix what what will head Carmel which are. Others say it’s it’s like postal Houston Rockets have the best chance already may be separate I know I want. To play with clean budget Nelson rockets are the best chance because they have right handers. Yes they have the money that we’ve talking about nearly one million dollars on right exactly and that’s on say the wreck that’s for the Celtics you look at. Some that don’t have the money. Saturday agriculture they add that I would have to create yet decreed as a third front you do for our foresaw the same situation start moving players. But you come all the things got a trade kicker. 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You know you get a deal this is that Virginia on the luxury tax people Logitech to pack it richest have now I don’t mid level exception is those veteran minimum that it. Highlight a highlight the baseball just. Iridescent that’s not the friction on the degree from MIT to figure NBA semi annual salary it’s it’s really isn’t saying it or. It I am I wrong your right. Okay and also even the way they deal with with younger players and how you have all the way they come up and their ability to make more money with him to go through I’d like this system like the baseball system. How they deal with three minus the minor league obviously. But how they deal with that Luther younger players and how they earned their money. Not not with a new and I I hit it may be the worst. I mean it may be the worst how day. Exclusion clauses and even just what the draft picks how they were trapped picks and how this is protected this is not protective of him. Usually pick was somebody believes that all protected and I can only if it’s really good that we don’t wanna get cute but I I feel like. With all these like borderline. Decent players. Like Otto Porter. Right on who always is is seen as good as drew holiday. But eventually isn’t every team gonna sit there and say OK we. We can’t sign anyone could evolve that to a three match players because you’re the sign all these sites it’s borderline all stars. Borderline all stars these Max deals eventually they don’t do it that we just in we’ve already got three something real but some teams at some point it’s gonna run dry no. No because it. Well we did the it might run dry because the NBA thought we were going to be at about a 110 million wins over the next couple years 126 or 130 million and apparently that’s not happening. Mainly because they didn’t play in a playoff games this year. So my guess is the commission will drag out the playoffs next year will be sitting here next year during playoff time syndicate these games are fixed. Why are we going to seven games of this thing but it just seems out. All the all stars of Mac super Max. Borderline all stars are maxed the cap is only 99 million I mean it’s. At some point it’s site. Jesus and me. He’s the UK Kiki given borderline Franken all stars you want. And that’s like Alec Amir Johnson gets a million dollars a year Kyle Korver resigning knowing that he that’s like a low but tonight is a really keep them. Which any accident the cavaliers hold we talked about Chauncey Billups. Turning down. The Cleveland Cavaliers GM position to assume they offered him yeah apparently two originally thought that I want to point five. And then they aptitude to let this might have been one of those where Dan Gilbert says I’m doing you thing. You’re doing some stupid TV show and even even David Griffin who was there former GM was making like cheap money like to believe this idea that were raising that now I can do it. But in this article from Chris changed Marc spears didn’t beat the starting point. Born individual to individual should make at that level is four million. They offered a million and a half to start. General Dan Gilbert thinks. I’m looking at Pitt coach an awful lot of money because the bronze my coach among them pay the general manager an awful lot of money because for bronze by general manager anybody’s going to because were already over the cap way over the cap 12830. Million dollars. If anybody’s gonna want to face anybody can join our roster as a general manager. It’s LeBron will but but what is your job as the GM. A between capital Grozny fill the roster. What did he convince LeBron to stay good number one that would be would that be your number one job and makes a mistake you know so and so use what’s so you haven’t done. I under I agree with you discriminate why would you say. You eat you’re gonna pay a lot of money for GM and really the most important job you’ll hire who’s best friend you hire his posse. You can beat you keep his posture they are so when LeBron James decides to leave he can only without his posse you need them tethered to him so he’s got to stay completely somebody had a theory. In in Cleveland the other day it was an interest in peace for their talking about. They definitely thinks that bronze gonna leave at the end the year go to the west. Because he’s now. Board during the regular season which is what we so we argued it all year long he’s or actually Al Gore and that what have you done. Boarded the in the Eastern Conference so he’s got to go to the Western Conference what everybody’s plan that’s the real and yet. This is the G Italy now the eastern come here and he wants to be part of the real all right stud sorry or we’re 33 days a week you’re actually playing like he’s only the ET gaffe yet but the totals Christmas Day games mean something that’s going to be the biggest problem keeping him now of course he was trying to block a bit of snow in Cleveland in the cities he’s like a serial dieters like a cart passionately they beat somebody for two years three years they’d run out of things to do and you know positions and no attention said he needed somebody else and I think that’s what it’s like he gets I agree it hit its own words gone he made McConaughey he accomplished some that have been done ever for the lead the cavaliers. He promised you promise a title but it promised to come back and he was network port he did that he didn’t mean dynamo boss he’s. He’s gone. Unison with the smoke there’s fire mean acting is a fire alarm fire right now and managed to fall on flames everywhere. Music I mean reports if you wanna believe reports that’s one thing but there’s enough on the back it up. That the Cleveland Cavaliers players told Jimmy Butler Null. Right that don’t do it you don’t wanna come here you’ll be stuck here that Gilbert’s going through the Bronson I’ll bake this trade appalled Georgia peaches commit to being here next year. Null they don’t get the deal done. By all of these things it did Chauncey Billups taken over. If you don’t think that that’s a guiding influence of any talk to LeBron he couldn’t get a straight answer out of him either team but I think there’s enough reports say they did this guy’s going. And then not only that but he’s just the organization from the from. From the top down. 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. 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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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