davec wrote:Sorry to hear we exported greys your way. They are four legged vacuum cleaners when it comes to the local food supply. They're displacing reds here too. I grew up in 'red' country, and it's now largely grey country.
If you want to do your bit for the red population, you could get a live trap at Homebase, and bait it with peanut butter mixed with rat poison. Put it up where the chipmunks (ground squirrels), if you have them, won't get to them.
You didn't export them: it wasn't your fault, honest: some idiot 19th C Brit imported them for a laugh, then released a pair of greys into the wild, again for a laugh, presumably. The rest is history, as they say.
The main reason they supplant the reds here is that they carry a squirrel virus: the squirrel parapox virus, which is fatal to reds: kills em in about 7 days, but the greys are immune. They also eat treebark, which kills young trees. But they look cute. A lesson for History, perhaps. But they're only bloody squirrels, after all, so who cares, really, in the greater scheme of things?
And I would never kill Anything knowingly unless it threatened to kill me, especially with poison, & particularly if it cost me money. Plus. Peanut butter and poison are interchangeable words to me.
We don't have chipmonks here either. We have hardly any wildlife left: we've eaten most of it centuries before, as we used to be very hungry then, & being an island, no more bits of wildlife could creep in. There aren't very many grey squirrels in Europe, as they watched & learnt.
But we drew the line at eating snails, frogs & squirrels. Which sets us apart from the French, at least.
This thread began with curry, & ends with squirrels. Both of which are best taken in small doses.
I may be bonkers but at least I'm British.