Hello pond boy, I do feel like shooting the gray squirrels however I actually need them around for many reasons and quite frankly, I am one of the oddballs who actually enjoys them (10 months out of the year) and my chipmunks. Granted there are too many squirrels here due to circumstances out of my control. *The cats are a different story. I currently have 8 indoor only cats that were all former strays. *I can't absorb any more or I will end up in divorce court. *Most of the cats that are outside are feral and generally they are 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th generation feral. *A byproduct of people who didn't spay and neuter. You may or may not be aware of this but cats are not wildlife here. *They are not native to North America. *Cats eat NA wildlife and wreak havoc in the environment. *I call animal control to pick up the ferals I trap which are humanely destroyed and I personally take the former house pets to a shelter to be adopted out. *I pay the fee to get them in where they will be vetted. *There are those who believe I should "shoot" them all but I can't bring myself to do it. *At least I am getting them "off the streets" so to speak so they are not poisoned or ripped apart by stray dogs or reduced to postage size thicknesses on the road. *It is the best I can do as I feel sorry for them. Most communities have a means by which to address feral/stray cat populations and I would encourage anyone struggling with their existence to please consider contacting public health or animal control, they should have loaner traps and they will normally either pick up or allow you to bring what you trap in to their facilities and they can weed out what is feral from what is a stray. Just my humble opinion. *
As far as my bog, I just hammered in some stakes myself and I am going to enclose it with chicken wire and cover it with bird netting. *The critters won and I lost. *I don't have a greenhouse... sure wish I did though.
Noah, thanks for your concern. I really appreciate it.