I certainly hope Tom is in habit of wearing his boots in the shop if
going to let it nest there permanently--they're useful and I don't kill
them but certainly do move them away from the places that are commonly
They'll warn if they have time and feel encroached upon, but stick a
hand in front of one not knowing it happens to be there or step on his
tail and he'll strike first, warn later....got the t-shirt; fortunately,
did have on boots and that was the saver of the calf muscle. That was
50 years ago or so and I hope it's yet another 50 before a repeat
Holy *! So he missed you? Yes, I'm careful. I saw him from about 3
feet away, while I was moving toward the recycling area in the corner.
He was so cold he didn't move after petting/waking him with a loop of
rope on a stick. You don't really step/reach into unknown territory
anywhere here, even if it's within 200 feet of the house. And I built
that drill press cabinet specially so a snake couldn't hide easily. I
suppose I'll soon repair that garage door gasket. Tom
Well, no, he didn't really miss, just that he got just below the top of
the boot shaft (every cowboy wears his boots punchin' cattle :) ). I
dismounted at gate to open and he was on backside of the post sorta'
around it in the weeds/grass. I stepped either on or close enough to
the rattler end that he felt it and reached around the front side and
got my other boot full on. Left a goodly set of double scratches and
the tip of one fang. Fortunately, he then retreated into the warning
pose and it was a draw although I'm sure while he was startled I was far
more frightened. I was about 14/15...
The other fable besides the "they'll _always_ warn" one disproved that
day was that "the horse will always know they're there first"...
Haven't seen too many this summer probably because the horde of barn
cats pretty much keeps the rodents and most other stuff out of the barn
and other outbuildings (the coyotes haven't been doing their job of
thinning the herd very effectively). See them most often sunning in the
We've never had a real infestation right around us but over west of town
10-15 miles where they have always had prairie dog infestations you
don't do anything w/o looking first...
i've heard that people have been killing the so many of the ones who do
rattle that the ones who don't are reproducing and passing down that trait.
i had one that was living under my trash can who didn't rattle til i poked
him with the long handled shovel.
didn't think the wife could move that fast tho. she makes me take out the
cave creek, az
On Tue, 13 Oct 2009 16:14:28 -0700, the infamous "charlie"
Mr. Bobcat is just sitting there, almost yawning, while your herd is
in full panic mode. That's hilarious. I can almost hear the PFfffft!
from the pics. Har!
When I was living in Vista, CA, I was taken by a friend over to
Oceanside to a couple who adopted a tame mountain lion. They named it
Kitty and kept her outside on the back patio. I got to sit down next
to it and saw that her paws anf forelegs were the same size as my
hands (fist) and forearms. Amazing. I petted him and scratched her
neck and got a very throaty purr. Sounded more like a Harley idling.
She allowed me to play with her for several minutes before getting up
and dragging about 100 lbs of chain back across the yard and jumping
casually up onto the roof in back. At that point the neighbor dog
went apeshit. I heard 2 weeks later that the stupid mutt got through
the fence somehow and became Kitty's lunch. Animal Control took her
and killed her for doing that, damnit. I almost cried, but I was too
angry at the dog and the neighbors who caused her death.
That was an extremely fun afternoon, and a very dangerous experience.
She'd been declawed but not defanged so she was still lethal, as the
idiot barker next door found out.
RIP, Kitty. I'll remember you 'til my dying day.
To bring this back on topic, it was a wooden dog fence.
"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free
than Christianity has made them good." --H. L. Mencken
On Wed, 07 Oct 2009 08:23:49 -0500, Swingman wrote:
I used to catch garter, king, and black snakes and turn them loose in our
garden. Never had to spray for bugs :-).
Now I have a wife who's deathly afraid of them, but since I'm getting too
old to spend a lot of time gardeniing I don't care.
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
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