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9:14 am on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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8lbs of nuts!

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They are clever little ba ... sorry animals.

I live about 12 miles from there and grey squirrels are becoming a problem. They are all over the place just now. I am on the doorstep of the Loch Lomond Park but they are spreading out of there into the housing estates and residential areas. I nearly ran one over in my car the other day as it ran across a busy road.

A while ago a friend told me that they had actually chewed their way through the base of his rigid plastic wheelie bin (garbage container) to get at the contents.

There is some talk of a cull taking place in the future and it looks like it's going to be essential, before they start moving into our houses.

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Over here it's wild boars - had to put a big fence around the pool solar panels to stop them rooting them up looking for truffles. Somebody hit one the other day, went off the road - splat. :(
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There has been an explosion in the grey squirrel population in central London over the last two years. They are everywhere.

Recent reports locally even have them being seen on the upper floors of tower blocks, although I have no idea whether they would have used the stairs or lift...

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you can eat squirrels ..

wild boars ..we have em ..less here than when i lived in the south ..saw dozens of cars totalled after hitting wild boars there

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Would you eat something that feeds on the contents of wheelie bins?
5:26 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ever eat pork BDW? And think about what hogs eat? ;) I don't particularly care for tree rat, but squirrel dumplings are okay if they're fixed right.

Seems that owning a few felines in squirrel infested areas might cut down on the car problems.

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Squirrel pie? Mmm!

And wild boar --- the things the Spanish can do with a pig is amazing. :) Pork chops ain't the start of it.

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Ever eat pork BDW?

Yes and I would eat squirrel too if someone presented it too me. I eat anything (love haggis!)

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There was an article in teh Telegraph about leaving contraceptive impregnated foodstuff for grey squirrels to eat.

Good idea but not sure if they were serious, seemed so.

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We could always put bromide in their tea ... or perhaps even in the wheelie bins?
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Mrs Marks said she had removed the root of the problem by taking down her bird feeder from the garden.

I think they would have a better chance at removing the root of the problem with a 12 gauge or BB gun, at the least. ;)

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This is the UK. We are not allowed to use 12 Gauges in our gardens ;)
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12 Gauges! we're not even allowed a pillow fight for fear of breaking health and safety law! 12 Gauage indeed.
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Tasers maybe? Croquet mallet? ;) A 12 gauge is a bit too much for a squirrel, a scoped 22 LR is perfect. 17 HMR even. No need for buckshot. And frangible rounds are available for 17 HMRs.
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How about a live electric wire around the nuts? Efficient & legal! :)

Just be glad you don't live in Sweden:
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An old people's home in Sweden found itself under siege from two drunks.
But these were no ordinary drinkers - the tipsy pair were elks who had come upon some fermented apples outside the home in Sibbhult, southern Sweden.

The cow and her calf developed such a taste for the intoxicating fruit they refused to bow to police attempts to chase them away from the home.

Police officers were forced to take tougher measures to make them leave, bringing in a hunter with a dog.

The elks did not need telling twice, and left without protest.

The only thing police needed to do to ensure the pie-eyed pair did not return was remove the remaining apples, police chief Bengt Hallberg said.