Posted by Vita on August 31, 2000 at 11:33:39:
In Reply to: Re: Of red and gray pootchie-boo squirrels posted by MMMMarcia on August 31, 2000 at 11:22:30:
: Hi, Many Flags,
: I refuse to get drawn into a discussion on hunting, per se, (don't want to draw blood on the Board...*smile*) but I'm interested in the red fox squirrels you mention. Down here, our fox squirrels are usually silver or gray with black masks & feet. They are the Sherman's fox squirrel, and probably a subspecies of the northern ones, I'm guessing. They are HUGE! The tail alone is longer than our gray squirrels (which, BTW, Vita, is what you have). I LOVE these guys! They are FAST disappearing, though. Very graceful, but slow moving, with a bit of a lope instead of the scurrying that grays have. Development is eating up all their habitat, and I haven't seen one in years. *sigh*
yeah, then I am doubly glad that my Tiger, aka Mighty Hunter, stopped hunting them... they really ARE intelligent. Our property is in an almost pristine state, 6 acres with only one acre cleared in the front and back, and up until last year or so, I could even rejoice at an occasional visit by a deer, or sometimes two. 2 or 3 weeks ago, I saw the silver fox, and I suspect it's the same one I saw 6 months ago, and then a year ago (his tail is funny, half cut off or bitten off) which is what distinguishes him/her).
I don't feed the squirrels as there is plenty of stuff lying around, but I do change the birdie bath twice a day, for the blue jay, cardinal, squirrels and of course my TigerKittyBird loves to take their bath there....
Perhaps Next Year at the Gathering, we shall meet!
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