Saturday, August 6, 2011

Corn Eating Thief!

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This morning, I noticed that one of our neighborhood wild life had climbed up the side of my garden fence and ate at least four ears of corn. I suspect that it was a raccoon. Whatever it was, it had amazing reach as a couple of the ears hung at least a foot taller than the fence.

My neighbor told me that around midnight last night, they heard an awful scream (almost like a startled horse) coming from the rear of our yard where the garden is located. My guess is, either the animals were fighting over the corn or squealing with delight as they ate it. Either way, I baited my huge Havahart cage and placed it next to the fence. Hopefully, I don't wake up to find that it was in fact a skunk!

21 comments:

  1. I can't wait for the next installment!

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  2. I hope you catch the culprit before the rest of the corn patch is taken down.

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  3. Oh, poor Thomas! You have had more than your share of rascals in your garden this year. I'm so sorry you are losing so much of your precious produce.

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  4. Pesky racoons! They climbed our 7 foot fence, we no longer plant corn. sigh

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  5. Oh those darn racoons! my husband thought he saw a monkey on the road the other night...thinking it might have been a racoon...lol I hope they stay away from u for the rest of the season.

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  6. I am having the same problems except with a wood chuck, he started by eating the base of my 7 foot sunflowers, then he wiped out the cantalope and watermelon, today he finished the brussel sprouts and tried a few tomatos. I have a trap out, no luck yet, I am really getting frustrated, I share your pain, all of the hard work.

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  7. You can't catch a break with critters this year, can you? Raccoons are the worst since they are way too smart and have opposable thumbs. They can get into anything.

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  8. Now I'm thinking skunk, just because you said it... LOL! This is gonna be good....

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  9. OMG! I can't believe you are dealing with yet another critter challenge in your garden. I hope it isn't a skunk.

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  10. Quick corn critter trick:

    Tie some string from plant to plant and hang some cheap dollar store wind chimes from the string between the plants. The idea is that when someone comes visiting, they'll pull one plant to get your corn, which will make the wind chimes go off, give the little buggers a heart attack and scare them away.

    This worked for me a few years ago when I had an allotment in the country.

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  11. Well Thomas, you're not alone in the critter department. I have a groundhog that is eating my peppers at the plots. It some how managed to dig from the neighboring plot and under the cold frame!

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  12. good luck...hope you catch the bandit!

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  13. I came out one day last week to find that some critter had eaten half of all the tomatoes on the vines :( Whatever it was at at least part of every simi or ripe tomato there was and left to remainder on the vine to torment me with it wastefulness....sob!

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  14. Oh crum, if it isn't one critter it's another. I'm so sorry that your wildlife battles are still so fierce. I do feel your pain. This evening I set my numerous rat traps and wrapped the individual winter squash that bloomed today in some squares of floating row cover. The battles just seem to be endless. My trapped rat count is already 41 in two weeks...

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  15. Thanks for the moral support everyone! It sounds like a many of you can relate to my never ending battle!

    Techchick - Thanks for the suggestion!

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  16. The author has been good efforts in the garden. Because there are different variates available in the garden.

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  17. I know cats mating make HORRIBLE screeching/screaming noises. My mother used to run out of the house in the middle of the night about to call the police, only to find two cats with smiles on their faces!
    I hope for your sake that it was only cats and not a family of raccoons!

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  18. Everything except the mange tout, runner beans, salad and spinach is about a fortnight behind this year because of our strange weather in April and May. Looks like everything will be prime for eating whilst we're on holiday! At least our friends will get the benefit when they come to water everything!

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  19. Argh, that is a horrible sight. I hate when that happens.

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  20. I am just wondering who did that.

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