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  1. #1
    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Apr 15, 2:13*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >
    > http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >
    > It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    > again in the past few days. *I suspect my attic is not
    > it's principal residence.


    Naaaah. Your squirrel is shacking up with another squirrel making
    little squirrels!
    Happy Spring!
    Lynn in Fargo

  2. #2
    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!


    "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >
    > http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >
    > It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    > again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    > it's principal residence.


    OT be sure they are squirrels and not tree rats. The Tree rats can nest in
    and infect an attic pretty quickly.

    How many trees are touching your roof?

    Dimitri


  3. #3
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html

    It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    it's principal residence.

  4. #4
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >
    > http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >
    > It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    > again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    > it's principal residence.


    Have you considered sealing your attic?

    In the meantime, a trap might work.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

  5. #5
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Apr 15, 2:13*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >
    > http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >
    > It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    > again in the past few days. *I suspect my attic is not
    > it's principal residence.


    You need to call the Verminators!

    N.

  6. #6
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 14:22:41 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >In article <[email protected]>,
    > Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >>
    >> http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >>
    >> It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    >> again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    >> it's principal residence.

    >
    >Have you considered sealing your attic?
    >
    >In the meantime, a trap might work.


    You can seal all you want, but a determined squirrel looking to make a
    nest will chew through stucco, siding, clapboard and even interior
    walls. Ask me how I know.

    Trapping does little as the population is so large and many
    communities do not allow squirrels or other trapped critters to be
    transported off-property in a live state. Those rules and regs vary by
    area.

    It isn't an impossible situation to remedy, but it can be a persistent
    one.

    Were they tastier and safer to eat, the problem might solve itself.

    Boron



  7. #7
    maxine Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Apr 15, 3:13*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >
    > http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >
    > It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    > again in the past few days. *I suspect my attic is not
    > it's principal residence.


    I suspect your attic is going to be the new nursery. Contact animal
    control, and ask them what your options are. At my Mom's house, we
    used a hav-a-heart trap, found their entry point and after we had the
    whole family, boarded it up with hardware mesh, wood, and shingles.

    In our house, the little mugger got into the cellar, and we had to put
    the hav-a-heart between two cinder blocks, since smarty pants was
    picking the bait out through the sides. Keeping it out was easy:
    close the flue the sweeps left open, and put a cap on the chimney.

    maxine in ri

  8. #8
    phil..c Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >
    > http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >
    > It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    > again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    > it's principal residence.


    Shades of Bill Murray !!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv87T1CQF8E

  9. #9
    modom (palindrome guy) Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 12:13:03 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >
    >http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >
    >It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    >again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    >it's principal residence.


    I liked this part:

    "The Rodenator Pro pumps propane and oxygen into the tunnels of
    squirrels, then sends an electric spark that causes an explosion. The
    shock waves kill the squirrels and collapse their tunnels - but in a
    humane way, the agency said."
    --

    modom

  10. #10
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Boron Elgar <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 14:22:41 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >In article <[email protected]>,
    > > Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    > >>
    > >> http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    > >>
    > >> It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    > >> again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    > >> it's principal residence.

    > >
    > >Have you considered sealing your attic?
    > >
    > >In the meantime, a trap might work.

    >
    > You can seal all you want, but a determined squirrel looking to make a
    > nest will chew through stucco, siding, clapboard and even interior
    > walls. Ask me how I know.
    >
    > Trapping does little as the population is so large and many
    > communities do not allow squirrels or other trapped critters to be
    > transported off-property in a live state. Those rules and regs vary by
    > area.
    >
    > It isn't an impossible situation to remedy, but it can be a persistent
    > one.
    >
    > Were they tastier and safer to eat, the problem might solve itself.
    >
    > Boron


    Squirrel is very tasty! There are a number of recipes on the 'net, but I
    prefer them quartered and saute'd, served over rice.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

  11. #11
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Bobo_Bonobo=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Apr 16, 12:51*pm, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > In article <h1fcu4hrsuclpsgke61j2194n3p69hb...@4ax.com>,
    > *Boron Elgar <boron_el...@hootmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 14:22:41 -0500, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com>
    > > wrote:

    >
    > > >In article <49E631BF.472E3...@sonic.net>,
    > > > Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:

    >
    > > >> I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.

    >
    > > >>http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html

    >
    > > >> It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    > > >> again in the past few days. *I suspect my attic is not
    > > >> it's principal residence.

    >
    > > >Have you considered sealing your attic?

    >
    > > >In the meantime, a trap might work.

    >
    > > You can seal all you want, but a determined squirrel looking to make a
    > > nest will chew through stucco, siding, clapboard and even interior
    > > walls. Ask me how I know.

    >
    > > Trapping does little as the population is so large and many
    > > communities do not allow squirrels or other trapped critters to be
    > > transported off-property in a live state. Those rules and regs vary by
    > > area.

    >
    > > It isn't an impossible situation to remedy, but it can be a persistent
    > > one.

    >
    > > Were they tastier and safer to eat, the problem might solve itself.

    >
    > > Boron

    >
    > Squirrel is very tasty! There are a number of recipes on the 'net, but I
    > prefer them quartered and saute'd, served over rice.


    Lightly brined and chicken fried.

    > --
    > Peace! Om


    --Bryan, aka Bobo Bonobo http://www.TheBonobos.com



  12. #12
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:51:28 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >In article <[email protected]>,
    > Boron Elgar <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 14:22:41 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >> >In article <[email protected]>,
    >> > Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >> >>
    >> >> http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >> >>
    >> >> It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    >> >> again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    >> >> it's principal residence.
    >> >
    >> >Have you considered sealing your attic?
    >> >
    >> >In the meantime, a trap might work.

    >>
    >> You can seal all you want, but a determined squirrel looking to make a
    >> nest will chew through stucco, siding, clapboard and even interior
    >> walls. Ask me how I know.
    >>
    >> Trapping does little as the population is so large and many
    >> communities do not allow squirrels or other trapped critters to be
    >> transported off-property in a live state. Those rules and regs vary by
    >> area.
    >>
    >> It isn't an impossible situation to remedy, but it can be a persistent
    >> one.
    >>
    >> Were they tastier and safer to eat, the problem might solve itself.
    >>
    >> Boron

    >
    >Squirrel is very tasty! There are a number of recipes on the 'net, but I
    >prefer them quartered and saute'd, served over rice.


    These days there are concerns over wasting diseases in the squirrel
    populations in some areas. Why bother?

    Boron

  13. #13
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    Boron Elgar wrote:
    > On Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:51:28 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> In article <[email protected]>,
    >> Boron Elgar <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 14:22:41 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> In article <[email protected]>,
    >>>> Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >>>>>
    >>>>> It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    >>>>> again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    >>>>> it's principal residence.
    >>>> Have you considered sealing your attic?
    >>>>
    >>>> In the meantime, a trap might work.
    >>> You can seal all you want, but a determined squirrel looking to make a
    >>> nest will chew through stucco, siding, clapboard and even interior
    >>> walls. Ask me how I know.
    >>>
    >>> Trapping does little as the population is so large and many
    >>> communities do not allow squirrels or other trapped critters to be
    >>> transported off-property in a live state. Those rules and regs vary by
    >>> area.
    >>>
    >>> It isn't an impossible situation to remedy, but it can be a persistent
    >>> one.
    >>>
    >>> Were they tastier and safer to eat, the problem might solve itself.
    >>>
    >>> Boron

    >> Squirrel is very tasty! There are a number of recipes on the 'net, but I
    >> prefer them quartered and saute'd, served over rice.

    >
    > These days there are concerns over wasting diseases in the squirrel
    > populations in some areas. Why bother?
    >
    > Boron


    Depends on where you live, in our area me, the dawg, and about a half
    million Cajuns are wasting as many squirrels as we can shoot. They're
    tree rats is all they are, destructive, nasty little beggars that happen
    to taste pretty good when cooked up. I hold the same consideration for
    sky rats, aka rock pigeons, another European import akin to the English
    sparrow but bigger and tastier. In the pot they go.

  14. #14
    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Apr 16, 2:02*pm, George Shirley <gsh...@bellsouth.net> wrote:
    > Boron Elgar wrote:
    > > On Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:51:28 -0500, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com>
    > > wrote:

    >
    > >> In article <h1fcu4hrsuclpsgke61j2194n3p69hb...@4ax.com>,
    > >> Boron Elgar <boron_el...@hootmail.com> wrote:

    >
    > >>> On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 14:22:41 -0500, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com>
    > >>> wrote:

    >
    > >>>> In article <49E631BF.472E3...@sonic.net>,
    > >>>> Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:

    >
    > >>>>> I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.

    >
    > >>>>>http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html

    >
    > >>>>> It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    > >>>>> again in the past few days. *I suspect my attic is not
    > >>>>> it's principal residence.
    > >>>> Have you considered sealing your attic?

    >
    > >>>> In the meantime, a trap might work.
    > >>> You can seal all you want, but a determined squirrel looking to make a
    > >>> nest will chew through stucco, siding, clapboard and even interior
    > >>> walls. Ask me how I know.

    >
    > >>> Trapping does little as the population is so large and many
    > >>> communities do not allow squirrels or other trapped critters to be
    > >>> transported off-property in a live state. Those rules and regs vary by
    > >>> area.

    >
    > >>> It isn't an impossible situation to remedy, but it can be a persistent
    > >>> one.

    >
    > >>> Were they tastier and safer to eat, the problem might solve itself.

    >
    > >>> Boron
    > >> Squirrel is very tasty! There are a number of recipes on the 'net, butI
    > >> prefer them quartered and saute'd, served over rice.

    >
    > > These days there are concerns over wasting diseases in the squirrel
    > > populations in some areas. *Why bother?

    >
    > > Boron

    >
    > Depends on where you live, in our area me, the dawg, and about a half
    > million Cajuns are wasting as many squirrels as we can shoot. They're
    > tree rats is all they are, destructive, nasty little beggars that happen
    > to taste pretty good when cooked up. I hold the same consideration for
    > sky rats, aka rock pigeons, another European import akin to the English
    > sparrow but bigger and tastier. In the pot they go.


    In Kentucky, they have a problem with squirrels in Burgoo (stew like
    Brunswick sorta). They do have a wasting disease related to Jakob-
    Creutzer (sp?) it's a prion disease like "mad cow" only transferred
    by ingesting brain or nerve tissue.
    Please correct me if I got it wrong,
    Lynn in Fargo

  15. #15
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:02:49 -0500, George Shirley
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Boron Elgar wrote:


    >> These days there are concerns over wasting diseases in the squirrel
    >> populations in some areas. Why bother?
    >>
    >> Boron

    >
    >Depends on where you live, in our area me, the dawg, and about a half
    >million Cajuns are wasting as many squirrels as we can shoot. They're
    >tree rats is all they are, destructive, nasty little beggars that happen
    >to taste pretty good when cooked up. I hold the same consideration for
    >sky rats, aka rock pigeons, another European import akin to the English
    >sparrow but bigger and tastier. In the pot they go.


    Makes sense if your population is clear. I have no sympathy or kind
    feelings for squirrels and if they can be of some benefit, that's
    great.

    They must hold some beneficial position in the environment, but I
    cannot see any of the goodness of it. To hell with 'em.

    Boron

  16. #16
    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig <[email protected]> wrote:

    >In Kentucky, they have a problem with squirrels in Burgoo (stew like
    >Brunswick sorta). They do have a wasting disease related to Jakob-
    >Creutzer (sp?) it's a prion disease like "mad cow" only transferred
    >by ingesting brain or nerve tissue.
    >Please correct me if I got it wrong,


    It is hard to say. There is a report about mad squirrel disease
    in Kentucky on rense.com, an interesting website but I do not
    know about their fact-checking. The Wikipedia article on prion disease
    does not list squirrel as an affected species (the ones listed
    are humans, goats, sheep, cow, mink, elk, deer, nyala, and
    greater kudu). Lab scientists have succeeded in infecting
    _Saimiri sciureus_, the new world squirrel monkey, with prions
    but it has not occured in nature.

    So I am not sure about mad squirrel.

    Steve

  17. #17
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Thu, 16 Apr 2009 13:41:47 -0700 (PDT), Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Apr 16, 2:02*pm, George Shirley <gsh...@bellsouth.net> wrote:
    >> Boron Elgar wrote:
    >> > On Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:51:28 -0500, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com>
    >> > wrote:

    >>
    >> >> In article <h1fcu4hrsuclpsgke61j2194n3p69hb...@4ax.com>,
    >> >> Boron Elgar <boron_el...@hootmail.com> wrote:

    >>
    >> >>> On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 14:22:41 -0500, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com>
    >> >>> wrote:

    >>
    >> >>>> In article <49E631BF.472E3...@sonic.net>,
    >> >>>> Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:

    >>
    >> >>>>> I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.

    >>
    >> >>>>>http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html

    >>
    >> >>>>> It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    >> >>>>> again in the past few days. *I suspect my attic is not
    >> >>>>> it's principal residence.
    >> >>>> Have you considered sealing your attic?

    >>
    >> >>>> In the meantime, a trap might work.
    >> >>> You can seal all you want, but a determined squirrel looking to make a
    >> >>> nest will chew through stucco, siding, clapboard and even interior
    >> >>> walls. Ask me how I know.

    >>
    >> >>> Trapping does little as the population is so large and many
    >> >>> communities do not allow squirrels or other trapped critters to be
    >> >>> transported off-property in a live state. Those rules and regs vary by
    >> >>> area.

    >>
    >> >>> It isn't an impossible situation to remedy, but it can be a persistent
    >> >>> one.

    >>
    >> >>> Were they tastier and safer to eat, the problem might solve itself.

    >>
    >> >>> Boron
    >> >> Squirrel is very tasty! There are a number of recipes on the 'net, but I
    >> >> prefer them quartered and saute'd, served over rice.

    >>
    >> > These days there are concerns over wasting diseases in the squirrel
    >> > populations in some areas. *Why bother?

    >>
    >> > Boron

    >>
    >> Depends on where you live, in our area me, the dawg, and about a half
    >> million Cajuns are wasting as many squirrels as we can shoot. They're
    >> tree rats is all they are, destructive, nasty little beggars that happen
    >> to taste pretty good when cooked up. I hold the same consideration for
    >> sky rats, aka rock pigeons, another European import akin to the English
    >> sparrow but bigger and tastier. In the pot they go.

    >
    >In Kentucky, they have a problem with squirrels in Burgoo (stew like
    >Brunswick sorta). They do have a wasting disease related to Jakob-
    >Creutzer (sp?) it's a prion disease like "mad cow" only transferred
    >by ingesting brain or nerve tissue.
    >Please correct me if I got it wrong,
    >Lynn in Fargo



    You got it pretty darn well. There are many types of these prion
    diseases, all wicked and all suspected of being transmissible by
    eating infected tissue, which is usually brain and spinal column/
    nervous system, at minimum.

    Boron

  18. #18
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    Dimitri wrote:
    >
    > "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >>
    >> http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >>
    >> It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    >> again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    >> it's principal residence.

    >
    > OT be sure they are squirrels and not tree rats. The Tree rats can nest
    > in and infect an attic pretty quickly.
    >
    > How many trees are touching your roof?



    I was surprised to see the article was about ground squirrels. We don't
    have them here. The only squirrels we have are the tree rat variety, and
    they have multiplied a lot since we last had cats around the house.

  19. #19
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig wrote:
    > On Apr 16, 2:02 pm, George Shirley <gsh...@bellsouth.net> wrote:
    >> Boron Elgar wrote:
    >>> On Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:51:28 -0500, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>> In article <h1fcu4hrsuclpsgke61j2194n3p69hb...@4ax.com>,
    >>>> Boron Elgar <boron_el...@hootmail.com> wrote:
    >>>>> On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 14:22:41 -0500, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com>
    >>>>> wrote:
    >>>>>> In article <49E631BF.472E3...@sonic.net>,
    >>>>>> Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    >>>>>>> I wish I could use this method for the squirrel in my attic.
    >>>>>>> http://www.komonews.com/news/local/42916587.html
    >>>>>>> It was quiet for a long time, but seems to have become
    >>>>>>> again in the past few days. I suspect my attic is not
    >>>>>>> it's principal residence.
    >>>>>> Have you considered sealing your attic?
    >>>>>> In the meantime, a trap might work.
    >>>>> You can seal all you want, but a determined squirrel looking to make a
    >>>>> nest will chew through stucco, siding, clapboard and even interior
    >>>>> walls. Ask me how I know.
    >>>>> Trapping does little as the population is so large and many
    >>>>> communities do not allow squirrels or other trapped critters to be
    >>>>> transported off-property in a live state. Those rules and regs vary by
    >>>>> area.
    >>>>> It isn't an impossible situation to remedy, but it can be a persistent
    >>>>> one.
    >>>>> Were they tastier and safer to eat, the problem might solve itself.
    >>>>> Boron
    >>>> Squirrel is very tasty! There are a number of recipes on the 'net, but I
    >>>> prefer them quartered and saute'd, served over rice.
    >>> These days there are concerns over wasting diseases in the squirrel
    >>> populations in some areas. Why bother?
    >>> Boron

    >> Depends on where you live, in our area me, the dawg, and about a half
    >> million Cajuns are wasting as many squirrels as we can shoot. They're
    >> tree rats is all they are, destructive, nasty little beggars that happen
    >> to taste pretty good when cooked up. I hold the same consideration for
    >> sky rats, aka rock pigeons, another European import akin to the English
    >> sparrow but bigger and tastier. In the pot they go.

    >
    > In Kentucky, they have a problem with squirrels in Burgoo (stew like
    > Brunswick sorta). They do have a wasting disease related to Jakob-
    > Creutzer (sp?) it's a prion disease like "mad cow" only transferred
    > by ingesting brain or nerve tissue.
    > Please correct me if I got it wrong,
    > Lynn in Fargo


    I only ever met but one person who ate squirrel heads. It's my
    understanding you have to eat the brain to get mad cow type disease. I
    have been wrong before, at least once.

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    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: When It Comes To Squirrels, It's Them Or Us !!!

    On Thu, 16 Apr 2009 17:53:43 -0500, George Shirley
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig wrote:
    >> On Apr 16, 2:02 pm, George Shirley <gsh...@bellsouth.net> wrote:
    >>> Boron Elgar wrote:


    >> In Kentucky, they have a problem with squirrels in Burgoo (stew like
    >> Brunswick sorta). They do have a wasting disease related to Jakob-
    >> Creutzer (sp?) it's a prion disease like "mad cow" only transferred
    >> by ingesting brain or nerve tissue.
    >> Please correct me if I got it wrong,
    >> Lynn in Fargo

    >
    >I only ever met but one person who ate squirrel heads. It's my
    >understanding you have to eat the brain to get mad cow type disease. I
    >have been wrong before, at least once.


    If there is a risk of a critter having a wasting disease, I'd
    recommend not eating any part of it, as spinal tissue can also be
    involved in transmission with some of them.

    I'm not a paranoid or screamie-meemie about these disorders - far from
    it, but symptoms can take a long time to develop and in squirrels that
    long time just does not exist. It's hard to track it in such a
    population. It usually appears as a cluster in humans years after
    their exposure - as it did in western Kentucky.

    There is a similar disease that affects elk and deer, too, that is in
    some central and western states.

    http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/cwdmap.asp

    Looking at the map at the above link, you can see some saturated
    areas, but also a few spots of wide dispersion in the cervids. I
    haven't seen a map of affected squirrel populations, I admit, and I
    know they are considered good eatin' in a lot of places, but I'm
    getting itchy about venison these days....

    Boron

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