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  • Public Health Officials Warn of Human Plague Case in Colorado

    07/06/2024 7:28:39 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE), in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is currently investigating a human case of plague based on preliminary test results. The plague bacterium, known as Yersinia pestis, can be transmitted by fleas and wild rodents, such as prairie dogs, squirrels, rats, and rabbits. According to the CDC, “Humans usually become infected through the bite of an infected rodent flea or by handling an infected animal. Plague can be cured with antibiotics, but these must be given promptly to prevent serious illness or death.” Symptoms of plague...

    05/25/2024 2:12:09 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 16 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | May 25, 2024 | The How Do Gardener
    The How Do Gardener, describes his moderately epic quest to keep squirrels from terrorizing his garden, and the ONE solution that is SO STUPID, that it just might work better than anything... WATCH THE VIDEO
  • Ancient Mycobacterium leprae genome reveals medieval English red squirrels as animal leprosy host

    05/19/2024 6:15:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Current Biology ^ | May 03, 2024 | Christian Urban et al
    Leprosy, one of the oldest recorded diseases in human history, remains prevalent in Asia, Africa, and South America, with over 200,000 cases every year.1,2 Although ancient DNA (aDNA) approaches on the major causative agent, Mycobacterium leprae, have elucidated the disease’s evolutionary history,3,4,5 the role of animal hosts and interspecies transmission in the past remains unexplored. Research has uncovered relationships between medieval strains isolated from archaeological human remains and modern animal hosts such as the red squirrel in England.6,7 However, the time frame, distribution, and direction of transmissions remains unknown. Here, we studied 25 human and 12 squirrel samples from two...
  • Psychotic Squirrels

    05/12/2024 4:55:01 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 70 replies
    Self | 5/12/24 | Self
    I am watching the silly squirrels in my back yard. Why are they behaving that way? They throw themselves up in the air and flip over ... then squirm all around. They do this repeatedly
  • Weekly Garden Thread - October 8-14, 2022 [Acorns - They're Not Just for Squirrels Anymore, Edition]

    10/08/2022 5:57:29 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 55 replies
    October 8, 2022 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • VIDEO: Chip 'n' Dale Frolic on My Patio

    09/04/2022 7:56:06 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 37 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 4, 2022 | DUmmie FUnnies
    VIDEOA few days ago I looked outside and spotted these two squirrels, Chip 'n' Dale, on my patio. Yeah, I know they are not chipmunks but what else was I going to call them? One interesting thing that I wasn't able to record is that they finally got used to me enough that in my second attempt to approach them without the window barrier, they allowed me to pick them up but they didn't seem crazy about the idea so I quickly put them back down. Finally they perform a rather surprising encore.
  • Iowa man fined $855 for injuring Marine while shooting at a squirrel

    07/02/2022 3:48:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Air Force Times ^ | Mon, June 27, 2022 | Sarah Sicard
    A 71-year old Iowa City, Iowa, man was fined $855 for shooting and injuring a U.S. Marine with an air rifle in October 2021. In April, Philip Olson, who claimed he was hunting a squirrel, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor crime after turning himself in to the police, violating a local ordinance prohibiting the discharge of toy guns and slingshots, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen. He accidentally shot 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Gabe Heefner in the head while the Marine was driving by, leaving the Marine severely injured.
  • Keep Squirrels OUT of Your GARDEN

    03/09/2022 7:21:55 AM PST · by orsonwb · 49 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | March 8, 2022 | The How Do Gardener
    In this video, Learn how to keep squirrels out of your garden, the ONE thing that works, and all of the others that do not.
  • Man Accused of Keeping Meth-Fed ‘Attack Squirrel’ Faces New Charges

    01/30/2022 11:06:58 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    PENNLive ^ | Jan. 26, 2022
    The trial of a Limestone County, Alabama, man who allegedly kept a squirrel supplied with methamphetamine to make it attack people has been delayed. Mickey Joel Paulk’s trial was scheduled to start Monday, but it was continued until Feb. 28, according to court documents. Paulk faces charges for possession of a wild animal, stolen property and possession of a weapon by a felon. He was arrested in June 2019. Paulk, 39, has other charges to deal with, too, according to court records. He was arrested Dec. 23, 2021, on charges of chemical endangerment of a child and trafficking methamphetamine, as...
  • ‘Psycho’ squirrel’s 48-hour Christmas rampage terrorizes town, injures 18

    12/29/2021 4:19:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 29, 2021 | Ben Cost
    UK residents were left reeling after a crazed gray squirrel went on a wild Christmas rampage in Buckley, Wales, injuring a staggering 18 people in two days. “Warning, vicious squirrel that attacks,” wrote Nicola Crowther in the Buckley Residents Facebook Group on Dec. 26 along with a grainy photo of the furry culprit on a fencepost. “Has bitten me, attacked my friend … and multiple other people.” Another bite recipient, Sheree Davidson, told SWNS that she was taking out the recycling when the “psycho” squirrel jumped out at her from behind the bins and chomped her on the hand. The...
  • STATE: Free Squirrel Hunting Webinar Offered in January

    12/23/2021 1:49:17 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Stanley News & Press ^ | Wednesday, December 22, 2021
    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers will offer a free online squirrel hunting webinar on Jan. 6 from 7-8 p.m. Topics will include species habits, habitats, scouting, essential equipment, effective shot placement, hunting strategies, cleaning, cooking techniques and dish ideas. The class will conclude with an interactive question and answer session. “The webinar is open to all skill levels,” said R3 Hunting Specialist Walter “Deet” James. “However, it’s especially intended for people who have never hunted and lack access to a hunting mentor.” Space is limited and pre-registration online is required. Participants will receive a Zoom...
  • When Squirrels Were One of America’s Most Popular Pets

    04/20/2021 3:59:07 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 90 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | April 28, 2017 | Natalie Zarrelli
    IN 1722, A PET SQUIRREL named Mungo passed away. It was a tragedy: Mungo escaped its confines and met its fate at the teeth of a dog. Benjamin Franklin, friend of the owner, immortalized the squirrel with a tribute. “Few squirrels were better accomplished, for he had a good education, had traveled far, and seen much of the world.” Franklin wrote, adding, “Thou art fallen by the fangs of wanton, cruel Ranger!” Mourning a squirrel’s death wasn’t as uncommon as you might think when Franklin wrote Mungo’s eulogy; in the 18th- and 19th centuries, squirrels were fixtures in American homes,...
  • Putin: Democrats Insulting Trump ‘Enhances Our Prestige,’ Plays ‘Into Our Hands’; Trump’s Been Hard On Us; Communists And Democrats Have ‘Common Values’

    10/10/2020 9:19:16 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 25 replies ^ | Oct 10, 2020 | Oct 10, 2020
    Russian President Vladimir Putin made warm remarks toward the Democratic Party during an interview this week, saying that the Democratic Party and the Communist Party have similar values and that President Donald Trump has been tough Russia. “It was unclear what [Putin’s] goals were — Christopher A. Wray, the director of the F.B.I., warned a House committee last month that Russia was actively pursuing a disinformation campaign against Joseph R. Biden Jr.,” The New York Times reported, “but one possibility was that Mr. Putin was reaching out in case Mr. Biden, who leads in the polls, wins the election.” Putin...
  • Squirrels

    04/06/2020 4:37:59 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 59 replies
    email from a friend | 4/6/2020 | unknown
    The Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrel infestation. After much prayer and consideration, they concluded that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they shouldn't interfere with God's divine will. At the Baptist church the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a water-slide on the baptistery and let the squirrels drown themselves. The squirrels liked the slide and unfortunately, knew instinctively how to swim, so twice as many squirrels showed up the following week. The Lutheran church decided that they were not in...
  • Two Months of Searching Ends in Pic of Elusive White Squirrel

    02/29/2020 8:55:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Morning Sun ^ | Feb 21, 2020 | Eric Baerren
    It was shortly after the new year when Jim Holton, owner of Mountain Town Station, sent word of an unusual critter roaming around the grounds of his restaurants at 506 W. Broadway just west of downtown Mt. Pleasant. He reported seeing a white squirrel. A quick search of the grounds by Morning Sun staff turned up lots of snow and not much else during a chilly hour-long search. It became a mild winter obsession. Reports were made of the animal on different parts of the ground: near the garbage receptacles in the back, behind Water Works Salon, 502 W. Broadway,...
  • Gillibrand demands hearing following release of 'Afghanistan Papers'

    12/09/2019 3:22:25 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12 09 2019 | Ellen Mitchell
    Armed Services Committee member Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Monday called for the panel to hold a hearing to investigate U.S. strategy in the 18-year Afghanistan War following a damning report that senior U.S. officials knowingly lied to the public for years about the country's progress in the conflict. “We all read today, the striking reporting by The Washington Post, suggesting that administration officials, potentially including military officials, have misled the American public about the war in Afghanistan. I am writing to request hearings to address these deeply concerning revelations about the Afghan war,” Gillibrand wrote in a letter to...
  • Mystery Solved: Scientists Have Figured Out Why Some Squirrels Are Black

    08/17/2019 10:39:20 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 69 replies
    mental ^ | August 15, 2019 | Jake Rossen
    snip... Like many animals with unusual color schemes, black squirrels are the result of a genetic detour. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge University, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History collaborated on a project that tested squirrel DNA. Their findings, which were published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, demonstrated that the black squirrel is the product of interspecies breeding between the common gray squirrel and the fox squirrel. The black squirrel is actually a gray squirrel with a faulty pigment gene carried over from the fox squirrel that turns their fur a darker shade. (Some fox squirrels, which are usually...
  • Amazing giant multicolored squirrels caught on camera, become Internet sensation

    04/03/2019 9:52:11 AM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 3, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia
    A photographer from India has captured several incredible images of the Malabar giant squirrel that have gone viral after being posted to social media. The squirrel, known for its multicolored fur and its large size, became an internet sensation after 39-year-old Kaushik Vijayan took the pictures deep in the forests of India, capturing the animal in its native habitat. The amateur photographer, who works in finance in Saudi Arabia, said he was astonished by the appearance of the multi-colored squirrel, as were his friends. "It was when I shared some of the photographs on social media many of my friends...
  • How can you tell if it's squirrels or raccoons invading your attic?

    01/26/2019 7:07:07 PM PST · by EinNYC · 186 replies
    My attic | 1/26/19 | Me, Myself, & I
    For the past few weeks, usually in the middle of the night, I have been hearing some kind of animal running around, scratching, etc. in my attic. I asked the maintenance guys to go up into the attic to have a look for damage, points of entry, etc. They went up there and reported no holes. They had put a small Havahart trap up there baited with peanut butter, but nothing was caught in there. I told them to remove that, as I didn't want anything getting trapped and then starving. I threw a bunch of bags of mothballs up...
  • 2-Foot Tall Squirrels Caught on Camera in North Carolina, View Pic of Fox Squirrel

    11/29/2018 6:29:51 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 82 replies ^ | Nov 29, 2018 | Riddhi Jadhav
    When someone says squirrels you'd think of those small size rodent-like creatures with their bushy tails. Jumping and running across from trees to trees, squirrels make for cute creatures hunting for their nuts more often. But residents in North Carolina can spot some oddity in and around Robeson County. Going by the recent pictures posted by state wildlife officials there are 2-foot tall squirrels in the area. Baby Squirrel Taken into Police Custody After Chasing a Man in Germany.