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Critters like raccoons, skunks, and possums are everywhere and can create a lot of mess in our gardens and in our lives, but we must question the utility of using negative methods to control or eliminate them.
By George Patton
We try to trap them in so-called No-Kill cages, but often the humans involved cannot find a place to take them. Most animal shelters only welcome dogs and cats and are clueless about how to care for so-called wild animals.
Most of these animals have lost their instinctive fear of predators because they are descendants of generations of city critters. Products for sale as repellents use predator aromas and urine and so do not work. It only takes a couple of generations of wildlife born in the city for the critters to lose their wild wiles (or ways). Wile E. Coyote is chasing the Roadrunner across the desert landscapes because both are driven by their instinctive ways.
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George Patton is a Bio-Dynamic farmer and compost expert. You can see George’s garden creations all over Pasadena, Altadena and the Los Angeles area.
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