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Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

Come on, people, poison isn't necessary, and could inadvertently poison pets or livestock. The one time I tried it, the packrat went crazy and made a total mess of my cabin before dying.

A couple of people already said the solution I find the easiest - catch them in a Havahart trap and submerge it in the nearest creek or large barrel of water. I thought it might be hard, but no, it was pretty easy and quick. I'll deal with my karma, which is in pretty good balance, thank you.

The only part I'm not sure about is how to make sure the fleas don't survive. Perhaps burying to a certain depth? Or leaving them in the water long enough to kill the fleas?

At any rate, after having much of the insulation in my cabin in the country tunneled through by packrats, I am ready to reclaim my territory. After discovering a previously unknown hole where the ridgepole meets the dimensional lumber, and badly so, I covered it over with a piece of hardware cloth, and for now that seems to have done the trick. But now I will have to deconstruct the wood ceiling and walls in all the places they got into, clean them (with something like Citra-Solv), and make sure from inside that the entrances are gone, and reinforce vulnerable areas with more hardware cloth. I plan to make a solution of plant scents they don't like to saturate their areas. (Lavender, rosemary, cedar, sage... which also happen to be good antifungals.)

As for relocating, I agree that it is a horrible idea - they will either come back or become someone else's problem. Think of your home or car as the primary bait, and offer them something else - a feast in a Havahart - and then do them in.

Posted by Karen Weed Warrior on 11/24/2018 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Trail Champion

Awards over function (as most projects have scheduled awards before even being built), anyone who has followed parks and rec blunder through all the money they get knows how true this is, but at least Bruce will get another trophy for the mantle.

Posted by anonmous on 11/12/2018 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Get Your Gravel On

Loads of gravel ride options across Central Oregon on

Posted by Linda English on 11/03/2018 at 2:56 PM

Re: “The Black Widow's Sister Arrives

Venom is delivered via injection from a bite. plants don't bite, so can't be venomous, but animals can be poisonous (e.g. poison arrow frogs)

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Posted by Kelly Clowers on 11/02/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

The flight feathers on Sydney's wings were only trimmed temporarily.
ODFW and the Trumpeter Swan Society decided Sydney would have a greater chance of survival if she stayed with her parents for the winter. They wanted to temporarily prevent her from flying so she won't be able to fly into power lines - a huge threat to trumpeters. As far as predators go, Sydney was much more vulnerable when she was a tiny cygnet.
Pete and Eloise are excellent protective parents who do a great job of fighting off any potential threats to Sydney.
Once the spring comes, Sydney will grow new flight feathers and be taken to Summer Lake to live her life as a free swan. Sydney is in NO WAY a prisoner or part of an ill advised petting zoo.

Posted by Robin Gold on 10/26/2018 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

I would like to understand ODFWs reasoning for the wing clipping. Sounds ridiculous to hamper an animals natural abilities and defenses. That said, thank you Pam, Tim, and Robin, for the care you show and the effort you make to help this lovely family.

Posted by Diane on 10/25/2018 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Coyotes: Clever Rebounders

Great story. Bless your heart.

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Posted by Ann Frances on 10/25/2018 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

Isn"t that special, a group of people trying to make life better for the clipped wing prisoner swan. This is just barley above the petting zoo with the bear in a pit for all to see and throw things at.
Anyone want to do a story about how fish and wildlife clipped the wings of all the swans in drake park so they would not leave, then had to ask local kayakers to go look for where they went when they all went over the 30" dam above the Riverhouse because they could not fly and were forced to float downstream through the class IV rapids before their eventual death.
Good thing mother nature has "us" to manage things.

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Posted by anonymous on 10/25/2018 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

My comment has to do w the clipping of flight feathers so the swans cannot fly ... doesnt that make them more likely to be a victim of predators? I know this has happened in another state, possibly Arizona, and the swans they had have dwindled due to predators killing them as they cannot fly.

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Posted by Patti Bogan on 10/24/2018 at 7:41 PM

Re: “A Cyclist Tour/Trail/Crawl of Bend

Sher -- Nope, it's all there.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 10/22/2018 at 9:46 AM

Re: “A Cyclist Tour/Trail/Crawl of Bend

This article seems to have ended prematurely...

Posted by Sher on 10/22/2018 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Dogs in the Fast Lane: Don't put your pooch in the back of your pickup truck


Posted by rb on 10/19/2018 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Wildlife and Diseases

Rodents are very dirty. They merely seek into our property for food and shelter. Their presence creates unsanitary condition all round. They carry disease, leave bodily waste, and always manage to chew on the important items. Mice and rats need to be exterminated in order to prevent our family from dangerous diseases. Live mouse traps are the most common method used for getting rid of this infestation. Many times these nasty pests also trick the traps and become a huge problem for the homeowners. Here we need the help of professionals to come and suggest some effective and long-lasting solutions.

Posted by Antonia McElroy on 10/12/2018 at 3:57 AM

Re: “Coyotes: Clever Rebounders

I love fiction

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Posted by Steven Childs on 10/11/2018 at 4:56 PM

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

I found one today in sink of all places. Someone said they come from septic! Is that true?

Posted by abigail on 10/08/2018 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Crowds in the Backcountry

I've seen first hand this very problem increase in California over the years. It made me sick to see the disrespect, trash, grafitti and damage to natural areas because of lack of respect and regulation. My husband and I gathered up trash left along the side of the river in Tumalo after a short hike. And I'm talking ALL their trash. I was so disgusted. At bare minimum...... even signs posted will help deter that sort of behaviour.
I stopped camping and fishing in California because of the neglect. Now living in Oregon I am able to appreciate the natural beauty and and undisturbed wilderness once again. I hope I don't regret my decision to move here.

Posted by JS on 10/02/2018 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Swampy to South Fork

Tourists: Make sure you head north for 45 miles; once you pass Madras, start looking for signs for Swampy Lakes. Have a great ride!

Posted by Lorenzo Llama on 09/27/2018 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Swampy to South Fork

"Shoulder season keeps visitor numbers low and local stoke high"

So lets write a short article to see how many people we can send there.

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Posted by anonymous on 09/24/2018 at 1:14 PM

Re: “On Stewardship

It's to bad most of these stewardship projects only come to be after an area is pushed for personal profit (by the people making the profit) then it gets destroyed and trashed. But hey we can just clean it up later and just claim the people who trashed the area just need to be "educated" with a "awareness" campaign, yearly "stewardess" campaigns and a "raffle" to justify continuing to drive tourists to these areas.
The people who participate in stewardess campaigns, are the same people who do not destroy and trash things in the first place. We do not need a awareness campaign/raffle telling people trash does not go in the river, we need to stop advertising exceptional outdoor areas to tourist idiots for the personal profit of a few people.

Posted by anonymous on 09/24/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “On Stewardship

Note from the author:

Awesome quote that didn't quite make it into the story...

"When we're talking about stewardship of anything - including the environment - first, you have to give a great big damn. You have to care deeply enough and be invested enough to be willing to be changed by the very thing you're stewarding.

"Secondly, you have to be willing to be 'inconvenienced,' and thus, uncomfortable at times. Reclaiming inconvenience and discomfort - as life practices - is a much larger conversation, so what I'll offer is an invitation: take on the practice of doing the 'inconvenient' thing for a day, and notice what happens... you might find yourself making a meal rather than ordering take out; pulling the weeds in your front yard rather than calling the landscaper; or foregoing your afternoon caffeine fix because you forgot your reusable cup, and you're unwilling to use another plastic one.

"These small actions, over time, ultimately lead to deeper connection with self, others and all of Life around us ... which creates even more fodder for caring deeply, and stewarding something well and whole-heartedly."

-Breyn Hibbs, life-time Central Oregonian, owner/founder of Sol Alchemy Temple and Keynote speaker at this year's Bend Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network Conference, September 29th

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Posted by solalchemytemple on 09/19/2018 at 2:23 PM

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