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Another way to keep squirrels out of your garden:
 
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Gold. I would want to see some more air time, and maybe a big finish (freeway, dog kennel, wood chipper...(just kidding...sort of)), but this is excellent payback for all the squirrel-caused destruction I have witnessed in my garden.

I wonder if something similar could be made to work for raccoons? I'll admit, I have always wanted to see a cat-apult, but since the addition of chicken manure to my garden beds, they haven't been around as much. I guess they found a better litter box.

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On the topic of squirrel defense …

 
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I use a transformer from a Neon Sign one side attached to a large piece of 1/4 inch steel mesh and the other to a "trick or treat" bowl of sunflower seeds.
Squirrels get the shock of their life and it's funny to watch them do the electric grid dance.
I don't have it set up for the full 50,000 volts because I just want to teach them to stay in the forest trees instead of coming into the gardens.
We have noticed that the squirrels are the only critters that aren't afraid of our LGD's so I had to come up with something that would grab the squirrels attention.
 
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Is it bad that I want to see video of the Squirrel Electric Slide? Those little fuckers just won't leave my bean seedlings alone.

On a serious note, are there any guardian animals that squirrels do take seriously? I mean, they disappear whenever the Red-Tailed Hawks soar by, and I know that they are preyed upon, as I have seen, on many occasions, Red-Tailed Hawks munching on squirrel perched atop electrical poles. I am currently trying to brainstorm a way to cast a moving hawk shadow, probably a silhouette pinned to a motorised clothesline activated by motion sensor, but first I think I am going to try an outdoor speaker and motion sensor setup, with the speaker playing a hawk shriek any time the sensor is triggered.

I am also building a perch for the local hawks on a pole about six to eight feet above my third-floor bedroom window balcony garden, with an appropriate perch profile and wrapping. It will offer them a spectacular view of my raised bed garden in the back yard, and all the squirrels they can pluck from the mulberry trees and garage roof peaks.

Of course, I should think about owls, considering the raccoon population of the city I live in.

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If you could scale this up to launch groundhogs, and somehow incorporate a self-resetting mechanism this could become something big!
In less than 20 minutes, a squirrel stole over 200 black walnuts that we intended to plant strategically as part of an attempted food forest project.
The most ecological way to deal with the squirrel problem is to set-up the ideal nesting habitat/situation in the nearest largest species compatible tree. Prune and train the highest branches as the ideal "welcome sign" for a new mating pair of native predatory raptors. Bald Eagles return to the same nesting area for life if the nest remains undisturbed, and if the tree falls, they will rebuild in the same area if the environment is healthy enough to support them.
A wonderful indicator for ecological health is stable and healthy populations of apex predators; like eagles, falcons, wolves, bears, and humans. Permaculture is basically engineering the most ideal possible natural habitat for humans. We could theoretically put our skills towards other animals well being; effectively recruiting certain wild animals to guard our food for us. This is likely how we started the domestication process that got some wolves to become dogs.
The better that humans collectively get at permaculture the more animals that will want to be our friends, as there becomes a mutualistic benefit to our interactions.
 
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