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Subject: Re: I'm Trying to Believe It's Spring Date: 3/31/2013 4:36 PM
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I like foxes, skunks, hawks, owls, cats, snakes, pretty much anything that will catch mice, rats, or squirrels and kill and eat them.


We had a ton of chipmunk sized burrowing rodents as well as a yard full of moles around our house in Iowa. Also tons of mice would come out of the woods and move into my barn every Fall. I tried all kinds of gadgets that were supposed to get rid of moles, traps for the mice and rodents. It was nothing but a losing battle. Then someone suggested I adopt a barn cat. I watched the flyers on public bulletin boards until I found someone who had a litter of kittens to give away. It seems a cat had moved into their barn and gave birth. So we went and picked up a kitten and gave it a home in our barn. Two things happened: 1- our barn began to be a home for wayward cats. Before long we had three, then five cats hanging around our house and woods. 2- rodents, mice and moles disappeared.

The cats had help from a snake that moved into a rock pile behind the barn, so I never was able to keep score of which had the biggest impact. I did witness the cats catching all three of my pests. I also saw the snake with a large lump of something he ate half way down his body more than once. We also had a barred owl that lived in our woods and bald eagles that hunted the area. The birds (at least the eagles) also took cats occasionally. I suspect the owl may have gotten a kitten or two also, but they hunted at night and seemed to prefer the chipmunks. We never saw them actually catch one, but sometimes in the winter you could tell what happened from the rodent foot prints that disappeared in the middle of the driveway or open area.
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