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My first real crop of Asian Persimmons.  And I found some Shiitake where the neighbor gave up on his logs and tossed them.
last year I lost all the persimmons to squirrels. Not this year, the squirrels lost.
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Wow! Congratulations on your bounty! Did you beat the squirrels to the crop this year, or did you take defenseive measures? Squirrels stripped our pear tree this year of everything but 6, and took most of the chestnuts.
 
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I took defensive measures and depleted the squirrel population in my area.  Squirrels will pick the fruit when it is still green.
 
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Dennis Bangham wrote:I took defensive measures and depleted the squirrel population in my area.  Squirrels will pick the fruit when it is still green.



When you say depleted the squirrel population... my understanding was that no matter how many squirrels you deplete, more will migrate in to take their place.  Am I misinformed?
 
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I live in a subdivision with a lot of trees and neighbors who think they are either tree rats or cute.
The squirrels tend to migrate over a distance looking for more food. I expect to continue to work at depleting the numbers every year.
In the long term I will build a privacy fence and maybe get a rat terrier.  I am adding 0.6 acres of Asian Persimmon and Pawpaw in the next few years so maybe two rat terriers.
 
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Are we talking mmm, squirrel soup kind of depletion, or live capture and relocate far away? Not against squirrel soup, just taking notes over here :)
 
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I think relocation could be the cruelest of methods.  That means dropping them in an area where there is likely to be an established population and as an outsider they will be attacked.  Animals learn to protect their boundaries and food sources.
 
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Those persimmons look gorgeous.  What are you doing with them?  
 
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Snacking morning noon and evening and giving some to friends.  Spoil the neighbors.  Before work at home I used to take stuff like this into work.  
 
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Ha! Brings back memories of my grandpa in his yard with a .410 shotgun, shooting and cussing the squirrels. And my grandma's squirrel stew!  I don't think my HOA would approve of that method of control or my kids of the stew!

On a sort of related but counter-intuitive note, I had a bird feeder in the yard (and kept it filled) for the first time in a long time.  It seemed there was a lot less pressure on the grapes, figs and berries.  I got good harvests of all without much effort at protection.  Maybe the birds were satisfied with the easy pickings at the feeder.  Of course, it attracts squirrels, too. But they are easy targets sitting on the ground looking for what the birds drop!
 
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Mark Griffin wrote:Ha! Brings back memories of my grandpa in his yard with a .410 shotgun, shooting and cussing the squirrels. And my grandma's squirrel stew!  I don't think my HOA would approve of that method of control or my kids of the stew!

On a sort of related but counter-intuitive note, I had a bird feeder in the yard (and kept it filled) for the first time in a long time.  It seemed there was a lot less pressure on the grapes, figs and berries.  I got good harvests of all without much effort at protection.  Maybe the birds were satisfied with the easy pickings at the feeder.  Of course, it attracts squirrels, too. But they are easy targets sitting on the ground looking for what the birds drop!



I just lucked into a nice old bird feeder, I'm going to put it out in the middle of the back yard and watch for takers. Next year I'll plant more sunflowers and build up my own stock for it. 100% all for eating them, the next one I down is going in a pot.
 
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