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Jun 23, 2011 04:57 |  #16

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Captive, non-native animals, such as housecats, have a huge detrimental impact on native wildlife.

Exactly.
We have a large garden. Four years ago we foolishly got a kitten for a child's birthday. Despite collar bells etc., the following spring it slaughtered every nestling in the garden, even climbing into bushes to rob nests.
Swallows and house martins nesting around the house were easily plucked from the air. Stoats, weasels and dragonflies were no match for this killing machine.
"Sadly", last autumn it met it's match with a passing car. This spring we have loads of baby birds once again.


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Jun 24, 2011 18:10 as a reply to  @ scrumpy's post |  #17

All you have to do is get a trap at tractor supply, open a can of cat food put in trap, cat enters the trap for the food....wala,,,, you just caught the cat.
Works quite well.

Most animal control agencies have them, make a complaint, they will drop one off, and once you catch the cat, they will come and take away..

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Jun 24, 2011 18:11 |  #18

If I didn't know whose cat it was, that would likely be the solution. I'd prefer to try and work it out a little more amicably first, though. 20yrs is a long time to live next to someone you don't like.


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Jun 24, 2011 18:36 |  #19

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You mentioned discussing a bell for the cat in an earlier post. How did that go? Is it possible to change your feeders to a different position to make them cat-proof? Adjusting the feeders might be a better solution in the long run, especially if there are more cats in the area.

Haven't had a talk with them about it yet; cat hasn't been back since I initially complained to them. We're still going to adjust our feeders higher and put some catch plates under them to keep the spill from going to the ground. That way the little ones don't hang on the ground to get 'leftovers'.


Honestly, I'm starting to throw more peanuts out there to get the Jays back. I sort of want to see the little, black snot go after one of those guys :p They get downright angry with anyone that interrupts their peanut time...


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Jun 24, 2011 18:55 |  #20

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That way the little ones don't hang on the ground to BECOME 'leftovers'. :) Do black bears slip into Issaquah? Bears tend to love bird feeders too. :)

They don't "slip" :D. We have one raid the trash bins along our alley every couple of weeks; lives on the hill up behind us. :p So far it's never evidenced any interest in our seed feeders or our suet blocks when they've been out.


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Jun 24, 2011 19:21 |  #21

It's more of a foxtrot....:O

I know what they can do; and we'd love to have the trash secured but our waste management company doesn't offer 'bear proof' waste containers.


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Jun 24, 2011 19:40 |  #22

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Hopefully they will before the bears get aggressive about "their" food. Too often humans train the bear where to eat, a human gets scared, and the bear gets killed.

Any way to safely photograph the bear(s) and present the images to a City Meeting before things get dangerous for the bears? Maybe you could show the same photographs to the neighbors? :)

As long as the bear isn't actively being aggressive, our animal control doesn't care :( My g/f had a close encounter with it two years ago when it wandered out into the alley while she was out there and it just sauntered off down the alley. When I called them to tell them it was heading into town and toward the restaurant/bar area all they did was ask if it was being aggressive and gave me a perfunctory 'thanks' before hanging up.

We don't want them to have to DO anything about the bear, and that's why we'd love to find a good way to secure our trash (aside from keeping it all in the kitchen for a week); we just haven't found a good solution yet.


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Jun 24, 2011 20:28 |  #23

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Well, it sounds like animal control doesn't want to hurt/kill the bears, which is nice to hear. :) The problem is, it appears that the animals are getting trained to eat trash, which might result in the bears being killed by humans down the road. :(

What type of feast does your waste management company provide for the bears: cans or a dumpster?

That's our worry, too; although, the neighbors say the bears have been a "feature" of the area for decades.

We get those plastic, square-ish bins that the trucks just roll by and pick up. 3 sizes (small, med, HUGE) for trash, recycle and food/compost. I've been contemplating heavy duty C-clamps.


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Jun 24, 2011 21:08 |  #24

most toens and counties have leash laws... let them deal with it...


I know, right? I'm just sayin'...

  
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Jun 25, 2011 00:50 |  #25


Yep, those. Called WM up a few months back and asked them about bear-proof canisters and the lady treated me like I was nuts.


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Jun 25, 2011 01:47 |  #26

1000arms wrote in post #12654273 (external link)
Their website doesn't have much information either. http://www.wmnorthwest​.com/issaquah/ (external link)

try:
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Yellowstone Center for Resources
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Yellowstone NP, WY 82190
erry_Gunther@nps.gov (external link)
from http://www.greateryell​owstonescience.org/nod​e/653 (external link)

Cool! Thanks for the tip, I'll give that a shot.


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Jul 10, 2011 11:25 |  #27

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This guy has it down to a fine art, well worth a watch.

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ROTFLMAO,, That was great. My Humor fix for the day. :lol:


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Jul 17, 2011 20:18 |  #28

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Me I just catch the cat's and send them away.


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Aug 16, 2011 12:58 |  #29

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Our neighbor allows their little cat to run free, and it appears to have discovered the bird feeders in our front yard, and took a Grosbeak this evening. :( Does anyone have suggestions for dealing with cats, without violence toward the cat or directly pissing off folks that we may have to spend several decades next to?

I really enjoy the feeders and the birds it attracts, but I do NOT want my front yard becoming a hunting ground.

I have sprayed a 50/50 water/vinegar in the front of my house where stray cats like to piss on. It seems to have worked and they dont come to that spot anymore.


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Aug 16, 2011 13:01 |  #30

Haven't seen the little furball on our property since the initial incident; either we managed to scare it or it's just being sneakier. <shrug>


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