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« Reply #660 on: June 07, 2021, 08:29:24 AM »
an albino lacks all pigment and will have pink eyes with blue sclera (instead of white).  the are also white squirrels (not albino) with white fur.  The black squirrels have two of the black fur genes (jet black) or 1 gene and have black mixed in the brown.  area that have a lot would be due to some natural advantage or good camo in a darker colored habitat.  If they survive better than other colors, even though this would be mathematically a smaller proportion, if more of them live then the mutant gene becomes more prev.  so kind of the opposite of an albino, and a genetic characteristic.
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« Reply #661 on: June 07, 2021, 08:39:30 AM »
so 2 black furred squirrels would have all back offspring. 1 back furred parent with a normal (no gene for black fur) parent would have none.  a black furred parent with a brown/black parent would have 50% black furred offspring.  and a pair of brown/black parents (with only 1 black gene each)  would have a 25% of a black furred offspring.  now we remember why we did not go into genetics.   :P ::) ??? :o :)
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« Reply #662 on: June 07, 2021, 08:49:58 AM »
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   Now I will have nightmares remembering my genetics class. All my fruit flies died and the teacher gave me fabricated data to use to determine they had curly wing trait. It was a very rough period in my life and I was perfectly happy to never remember it again. Thanks a lot! You're a real pal. >:(  "May you discover pinholes in all your right hand rubber gloves. ;D
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« Reply #663 on: June 07, 2021, 09:23:33 PM »
 :) :) :)
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« Reply #664 on: June 08, 2021, 08:46:11 AM »
   Did you know the African waterbuck  has a thick shaggy coat of loose hair that sometimes emit a musky, greasy, foul smelling substance that makes it very unattractive to predators? Most predators will not attack one because it is very difficult to get through the loose hair to eat the meat anyway. I guess it would be kind of like us having to eat a skunk or such. It could be done but is not a particularly attractive option if there is any other game around.
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« Reply #665 on: June 08, 2021, 10:44:27 AM »
     Howard, I've known dogs with a coat like that!
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« Reply #666 on: June 09, 2021, 07:36:17 AM »
   Did you know this is the time of year most whitetail fawns are born in WV? Unfortunately it is also the peak of haying season and a significant number are killed during the haying process. Does deliver and park newborn and very young fawns in the tall grass and when very young the fawns will not move until literally stepped on. When the mowers cut the hay the fawns remain in place and are injured or killed by the mowers. I had one neighbor that tried making a "tickler" out of PVC pipe and dangling chains he'd drive in front of the tractor. When the chains touched the fawn it would jump up and run. It had limited success and was costly to operate as it meant another operator and transporting another piece of equipment to and from the fields which were often located far from the farmers home. Many local farmers may cut hay in 10-15 different fields scattered over the county. For the years when weather conditions force hay cutting to be delayed the fawns have a much better chance of survival as older fawns will break and run quicker and survive the haying operation better. My feed dealer told me this week he had 14 fawns killed in one field a year or so back. You will always see vultures and crows circling and landing in the hay fields here eating dead fawns and snakes and such killed during the process.
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« Reply #667 on: June 10, 2021, 08:42:47 AM »
   Did you know that free ranging hogs were marked by cutting specific notches in their ears? These marks were registered with the county and were legal proof of ownership in court. When selling fresh pork my father said the seller had to have the head present to show it was his hog. A stolen hog with such notches was supposedly the start of the Hatfield and McCoy feud a little west and north of here.

   Hog traps that looked like Lincoln log structures were built in strategic locations and hogs were fed around them. In the Spring and Fall they would be baited and the hogs caught. In the Spring the new pigs were caught, boar pigs were castrated and all had their ears notched showing ownership. In the Fall adult hogs were trapped, penned and fattened and butchered for the winter meat or sold as appropriate.

   My mom has had a couple of instances of skin cancer on her ears over the last several years with surgery and plastic surgery required to remove the cancer and affected skin. I told her she needed to go to the county office and re-register her mark. I am not sure she appreciated the comment.
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« Reply #668 on: June 11, 2021, 08:40:06 AM »
   Did you know Trichinosis is a type of infection where a species of roundworm infects the muscles of the meat eating host? This is why you are always warned not to eat undercooked pork. Bears are also a carrier of Trichinosis so be equally carefully if you are cooking a bear steak or sausage. To be safe be sure to cook bear or pork to temperatures of 165 degrees or more.

   In some cases beef or other animals can become infected with Trichinosis by mixing under cooked pork in their feed. 
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« Reply #669 on: June 12, 2021, 09:23:49 AM »
   Did you know lights are used as a fish attracter? Throughout the south (and maybe up in the glatiated northern climes) people living along lake shores often attach long fluorescent lights to their docks just a couple of feet above the water level. When they want to fish they turn the lights on at dusk and the lights attract insects which fall in the water attracting small baitfish which in turn attracts crappie, bass, and other such predator fish. There have been heated disputes including shots being fired, between land/dock owners using such lights to attract fish and fishermen in boats who see the lights and come fish there too.

   My derelict buddy in Cordele Ga along Lake Blackshear had lights on his docks and it was common to see bass up to 10 lbs just under the surface feeding and resting. He did not worry about other fishermen getting his fish because he had installed a "lure catcher" - a roll of old used field fence nailed under his dock. When a city slicker in a $20K bass boat pitched his $10 gonna catch em all bass lure under there it was not coming out. In January they typically lowered the level of the water to work on the hydro power equipment at the dam and Jack would go out and pick all the lures free from his trap. He'd get hundreds of dollars worth of lures each season.

   I remember fishing there with Jack and his wife Patty and got my beetle spin hooked in Jack's jaw and telling him to be very careful getting it free as it was my best lure. I can't repeat here his opinion of my favorite lure but suffice it to say he did not share my opinion of it. It did not help that for the next couple of hours every time Patty would look back she would laugh when she'd see the pink spot in his white beard.
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« Reply #670 on: June 12, 2021, 11:57:12 AM »
Back to the problem of mowing machines chopping up critters, yes it's a real shame. Many birds and critters get killed that way every year. And, yes, a rainy spell often delays mowing so that the young can grow up and evade the mower. You can't hate the farmer who wants early cut hay that is tender and nutritious. The mower is truly a double-edged sword in that mowing maintains grassland habitat instead of reverting back to shrubs and trees. But it also is rough on creatures whose babies are in the path of the mower. Landowners who want to mow a field just to keep succession from turning it back to shrubs and trees can hold off mowing until late summer when the fawns, rabbits, birds, etc. are grown.

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« Reply #671 on: June 12, 2021, 12:31:12 PM »
KEC,

   I certainly don't blame my farmer neighbors. They do everything they can to prevent it - like the one with the "tickler" on the ATV. They love and respect the wildlife too. They will often start cutting in/from the center and make their cuts to the outside to push the critters out of the fields rather than trapping them in a smaller and smaller patch in the middle. Besides, the critters damage their equipment and cost them time and money on repairs. 
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« Reply #672 on: June 12, 2021, 01:18:30 PM »
KEC,

   I certainly don't blame my farmer neighbors. They do everything they can to prevent it - like the one with the "tickler" on the ATV. They love and respect the wildlife too. They will often start cutting in/from the center and make their cuts to the outside to push the critters out of the fields rather than trapping them in a smaller and smaller patch in the middle. Besides, the critters damage their equipment and cost them time and money on repairs.
Cant help but wonder maybe a sheep dog or something could be trained to scan the area and bark/chase deer out. 

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« Reply #673 on: June 12, 2021, 07:42:13 PM »
WV, I didn't think in any way that you begrudge farmers. Some people might though. I grew up on a dairy farm and we felt bad for the critters.

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« Reply #674 on: June 12, 2021, 08:58:32 PM »
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   That sounds like a great idea but a newborn or very young fawn has very little scent and they will not move from where they are parked until you literally step on one of them. A barking dog in the area would have no effect on a parked fawn. That is part of nature's defense for it. I don't think a sheep dog would ever smell one - if he did a coyote or fox or bobcat would have already smelled and eaten them. Remember these are large fields and many are not near homes where housedogs or such would smell them. I had a fawn that raised just on the other side of my yard fence 2 years ago and within 35 yards of my house. My Rat Terrier, Sampson, was in the back yard the whole time.

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   I never thought you felt I was being critical. If others want to criticize the farmers they should come up with a system to protect the animals. The farmers would thank them for it if it was anywhere near reasonable and cost effective. I want the farmers to keep doing what they do for us. I have several habits I can't break - like eating and drinking milk and I like my ice cream from time to time. The deer park their fawns in the hayfields because they think it is safer than leaving them in the woodline adjacent to it and most of the time they probably are. I don't know what % of the fawns get hurt or killed in this process but it is likely fairly small overall . 
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« Reply #675 on: June 12, 2021, 10:23:34 PM »
And PLEASE teach little ones not to hide from equipment working in those fields. Make sure they understand they have to be seen. There was a tragedy in my family before I was born. Really it goes for any of us on equipment. A shy young special needs boy ducked behind my skidsteer the other week and was walking right behind me, luckily I caught him out of the corner of my eye. We had a friendly conversation and I made sure he understood that he has to see me seeing him. PSA for the day, back to our program  :)
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« Reply #676 on: June 13, 2021, 08:14:07 AM »
We had a tragedy here a few years ago.  A good friend of mine backed over his young grandson that was "helping" him with the farm chores.  The grandfather never recovered and was an "empty man" for the rest of his life.  :'(
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« Reply #677 on: June 13, 2021, 06:02:21 PM »
Just a thought. If you want to see a bird or animal skeedadle, just get after them with compressed air with the nozzle like you use to blow dirt out of something. So what are the odds that you could have a compressor on the tractor with a line running to a long wand sticking out in front of the mower. And a gadget like on a water sprinkler so that the hissing sound goes off and on. Much might depend on how fast the tractor and mower are moving forward. What do you think?

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« Reply #678 on: June 13, 2021, 06:38:24 PM »
KEC,

  Nice thought. I'm no engineer. How big a compressor would it take to blow a path 10-12 ft wide which is pretty common for these tractors and mowers and haying equipment around here? As to the speed they are moving pretty fast. A deer would have time to jump up and run away of the air were projected 10' in front of the tractor I would think.
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« Reply #679 on: June 13, 2021, 07:46:42 PM »
I saw a black bear this week down in the bottom below the sawmill, pretty rare to see one in that area. Then it dawned on me how many times I've spooked fawns down there, i'd bet he was looking for dinner.

Several years ago I was running the tractor and bush hog around to a new neighbors place about this time of year. I had it in road gear and running close to wide open on the blacktop when I startled a bear. It hopped up into the road with a fawn in its last twitches. The healthy sized bear dropped the fawn and skeedaddled up the road in front of me. I had an unopened can of Mt Dew for defense and I'm gaining on the bear but also not wanting to change the tone of the tractor for fear it might just turn around. So up the road we go with me right on its heels and he's running flat out  :D. After a few hundred feet of that there was a break in the roadbank and he hightailed it up the bank. On my way home that evening the fawn was gone so I assume he circled back. I think that was the same ill fated mowing session where I found an antique cast iron intake manifold that I failed to cut but it sure tore up some parts and deck.
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