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    Sad sight to come home to yesterday morning

    Sometime in the night raccoons discovered the bog and destroyed some of my best sarrs. It was obvious they were after the bugs inside the pitchers. I cannot afford to put an electric fence around the bog at this time, so I suspect they will destroy the rest of the plants in there in the coming nights as I am away from home overnight most of the week. They destroyed my gorgeous Doreen's Colossus, a large-pitcher sarr hybrid, Oreophila, a copper-top-like flava, minor okee giant, and a large Darlingtonia. They did not dig up the rhizomes, yet, so this fall I will probably pot the rhizomes up and hope they will have enough energy stored to make it through winter (losing almost all pitchers at this time of year may affect that?) as I see no point in keeping up the bog if I cannot protect it from marauders. I have learned with the ponds that once raccoons discover an easy food source, they keep coming back to it and this second morning proved that, but this time DH was up to put the dogs out and they were chased off before too much damage was done.

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    Doreen's Colossus pitcher split down the middle to get to the decomposing insects
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    What some of the plants looked like before being torn apart
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    Minor Okee Giant in late may/early June
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    I have had a good run with in-ground CP bog gardening for many years though with only occasional squirrel damage to VFTs, guess all good things come to an end eventually.

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    I caught a skunk doing the same thing in my bog over the weekend ! I'm gonna blast that sucker !

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    The bog as it looked in late May. Sadly, I did not get around to taking a pic of the whole thing when it grew up and filled in more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    I caught a skunk doing the same thing in my bog over the weekend ! I'm gonna blast that sucker !
    I know, right? I have a neighbor trying to do the same thing as raccoons ate his Darlingtonia on the same night, only he could not get a safe clear shot...so they came to my house!!

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    I think one night of sentry duty with a loaded rifle could disrupt the "gaze" enough to prevent them from coming back.


    edit: I guess we're all on the same page!

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    Sorry to see it. The plants should be able to recover, no different than clipping pitchers for shipping really, but if you do lose you Colossus, oreo or cuprea I should be able to help you out with replacements.

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    Unfortunately, as devastated as I am I cannot bring myself to actually kill the little devils...one of them has two little babies in tow. We have a neighbor who continues to feed these critters and cannot understand that it is a death sentence to them because of the destruction they cause.

    Of course, I guess I am inadvertently feeding them also with a whole bog full of goodies, hmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ57 View Post
    Unfortunately, as devastated as I am I cannot bring myself to actually kill the little devils...
    "Remember the oreo!" Think about the nice, new coonskin cap you could have.

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