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Comment Archives: stories: Outside: Natural World

Re: “Things That Bite in the Night: Brown recluse and hobo spiders are getting a bum rap

People do move around and bring non-native species with them. I bought an old dresser from a thrift store in Portland Oregon that had webs behind the drawers that weren't noticed before the purchase. I put my things in the drawers after I had trusted my boyfriend had dusted it off well. But he had not! I ended up getting bit on my left breast by a brown recluse that was in my bra! I had never as a native Oregonian seen one before, but I took a picture of it and its fiddle mark identified it. I went to then smash it and Ive never seen a spider run so fast! It hid in a crack. I asked my boyfriend to get it out and flush it down the toilet so it couldnt bite anyone else! I wish so badly I wouldve saved it to show the Dr! He only saw the redness and prescribed antibiotics. He said if it had been a brown recluse bite it was like winning the lottery. Odds against it since they arent native to Oregon. The venom attacks epithelial tissue, hence the irregular heart beats I experienced. The first symptom was redness and extreme itchiness. I pulled the drawers out of the dresser to find many webs! I scolded my boyfriend. The thrift store had gotten furniture donated from a recent arrival from Texas. Brown recluse live to hide in dressers. They can survive a very long time without food as well. Look out for yourself.

Posted by Ciara D. Doney on 06/17/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Backyard Scorpions: We've got some of the stingers in these parts, but don't worry

I've been finding them in my house and garage for years, always around this time of year. I live South of Glide, right beside a creek.
I read that they love crickets and I find them, too. Most of the ones I find are dead or nearly so. Maybe because I have indoor cats. I even found one in a glass ceiling light cover. I also read that chickens help to control them outdoors. A chicken 'adopted' us last fall so I'll see if I see a reduced number this year.

Posted by Reenie Lafferty on 06/13/2018 at 5:19 PM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

My cat had one cornered in house. It must have slipped in under front door. I live just south of Redding, CA. I had no idea that such a creature existed!

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Posted by Deborah Martin on 06/01/2018 at 6:22 PM

Re: “The Lighter Side of Banding Eagles

Eastern coyotes are starting to "wage war on humans"? What "war" exactly are you referring to? I'd like to see the science on this.

Posted by Maggie Howell on 05/31/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

I was just honored to witness a blue tailed skink. Had to run in the house and google it. Amazing little critter, and that bright bright blue tail. Beautiful. I live in Roseburg Oregon.

Posted by Sue Trammell-Redlich on 05/28/2018 at 8:58 PM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

saw my 1st at the arboretum in jacksonville, fl today. scampered off when we sat nearby but crawled back out to his sunny spot after a minute or 2. i wonder how he gets on with the others. neato site, btw.

Posted by Stacie Disbennett on 05/19/2018 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Why Not Sleep Through Winter?

Hibernation sounds great. Wake me up when Trump is out of office!

Posted by Dennis Sargent on 04/28/2018 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Spray Ain't The Way: Our tent caterpillar dilemma

I personally have not faced this problem of caterpillars in the house, but my friend was going through this situation sometime before. She had a beautiful garden, but these caterpillars infested the plants in the garden. The number of caterpillars was increasing day by day. She tried some pesticide sprays but they did not work for her, then someone told her to call Pest Control Danbury CT(http://www.yalepest.com/danbury-pest-exterminators). She called there and asked the team for help. There exterminated the garden with the professional care. None of her remaining plants were ruined during the treatment process.

Posted by JDempsey on 04/26/2018 at 4:39 AM

Re: “Friend or Foe?: The truth about the black widow

If you find one black widow spider, is it likely that there is another close by or are they territorial to other spiders? I found one while cleaning behind a bedside table with it's web made underneath an old magazine. Scared me silly. I had seen one outside last year in an electrical box built into the side of my beach cabin which is the same side where I found the spider today. Should I worry about finding more??

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Posted by Brenda Eagle-Timmins on 04/14/2018 at 4:38 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

The writer's actions towards cats are disgusting and cruel. If someone were to do this with a neighbor's dog, this town would lose its mind. Bend loves its dogs, but dogs attack and harass wildlife as well and are often more destructive and obtrusive than outdoor cats. I cannot believe the Source would publish this garbage. I'm ashamed for the city and community that people who approve of this type of torture live here and freely broadcast their hatred.

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Posted by Catlover on 04/11/2018 at 3:34 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

I agree that cats and dogs should be managed in urban/suburban areas. Thats why I dont live in those places. Here on my ranch, cats are supposed to catch mice. If I am feeding birds, I engineer the feeding station to reduce the possibility that my lazy cats will catch birds. That doesnt stop the hawks from eating the birds. My cats are confined during the night, as they lose their place on the food chain and become prey for owls, coyotes and larger cats. My cats are also tubby and overfed, which makes them poor mousers. Which still doesnt eliminate my serious rodent issues.

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Posted by Mikeben on 04/09/2018 at 6:47 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

Thank you for this piece, if for nothing else than to know I'm not alone. There are far too many neighbors who allow their cats to run free here. Most of them don't supervise their children, so any inkling of responsibility for destruction from their animals is unlikely. For me, it's not just the killing of wildlife in our yard (where we do have a lovely water feature for the birds, btw). It's also the damage to my gardens. I'm disabled and so I feel as if I have to work twice as hard to keep them up and I don't always succeed as it is. I've all but given up on direct-sowing seed in my garden beds. They never make germination because there are too many cats using the garden to do their nasty business and flinging the seeds about before they even have a chance to sprout. The smell of cat poop and pee is overwhelming and I'm truly at my wit's end about this. We expect dog owners to pick up the messes their pets make in public or on private yards while walking them. Consequently, why is it so far-fetched to expect a little courtesy and understanding from cat owners? Those of us who have to clean up after everyone else's animals have no recourse whatsoever.

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Posted by Ladygaiaswheel on 04/09/2018 at 12:02 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

My cat is indoor / outdoor and an avid mouser. He is far too well fed and lazy to hunt birds but he does enjoy the hunt and keeps the mouse population on our property to a minimum. Question: would he be subject to your water chamber torture or is it only the cats that hunt birds? I only ask because if we are going to call ourselves naturists perhaps we should not pick and choose the species we deem to be worthy of protecting versus those deserving of control and punishment.

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Posted by mollymauk on 04/07/2018 at 8:27 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

Awesome story! Now how do we get cat owners to understand their irresponsibility and disregard to society?

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Posted by Squirrel whisperer on 04/05/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Natural World

Awww, Jim! What a lovely tribute to all the hard work and determination by all...including you I will add! So happy to still have this amazing camera up and streaming. By the way...this is the ninth year for this pair of eagles. Successful fledges of at least one and sometimes two eaglets each of those years...Good Luck Rocky and Petra!

Posted by janet.zuelke on 03/13/2018 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Natural World

To go to the cam, you'll need to put "www" at the front of the url. Cool service.

Posted by Clyde Gadfly on 03/09/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Quit Killing Badgers!

I have seen several badgers over the years, but unlike the above commenters giving the exact time and location of there sightings, I prefer to keep that to myself in hopes they will not just be trapped or shot for fun. So the next time you decide to take a selfie with a badger, maybe keep it to yourself instead of condemning the animal to death for nothing more than a "look at me" Instagram post.

Posted by anonymous on 03/02/2018 at 5:20 PM

Re: “If Allowed, Raccoons Will Stay

I once had the opportunity to raise a raccoon from infancy, eyes still closed. I was completely successful in rehabilitating her into the wild. She did come back, but not to cause mischief, but just to visit a bit and then leave again.

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Posted by Jessie Reynolds on 02/22/2018 at 12:11 PM

Re: “True bugs can be kissers

That is not a kissing bug, and it's not scary. It looks to be a 'rough stink bug' brochymena. https://www.orkin.com/other/stink-bugs/do-…

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Posted by talena@eventdivasnw.com on 02/21/2018 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Quit Killing Badgers!

I was rowing across Owyhee Reservoir early one morning a few years ago, after rafting the Lower Owyhee, and saw some critter in the water swimming toward my boat. It was too far off to see clearly but was too ungraceful to be an otter and too unhydrodynamic to be a waterbird. When it got closer I was amazed to see that it was a badger, determinedly chugging along with an ungainly stroke, huffing as it cruised by my boat. I watched it swim completely across the reservoir, at least a half mile wide at that point, and scramble out of the water and up the bank and on to some apparently alluring destination.

Posted by Andrew Scott on 01/30/2018 at 2:41 PM

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