Lorinne Anderson

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I have been working with sick, injured, orphaned and problem wildlife for over 20yrs. My goal is to create ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist without resorting to harming each other, each others environment and to learn, understand and reap the benefits of co-existence.
Rather than kill or relocate (short term solutions) unwanted or predatory wildlife I believe we need to review the entire picture to provide a permanent solution.
What attracted the unwanted animal; what will ensure this animal ceases to be a problem; what will make the area unattractive to the unwanted animal; how will removal of one type of animal upset the natural predator/prey balance; and lastly, is the fear of what this animal MIGHT do based in fact or folklore.
Nature has a very delicate balance. We need to ensure we do not upset this system of millenniums just to solve today's irritation. So lets look "outside the box" for solutions, lets truly assess the threat, and lets truly identify a solution that works for all parties involved, us, the animals, and Mother Nature.
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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The "pond" would be 4 feet deep (at the very deepest), rising with the natural grade to zero depth, over JUST 6 feet and run 30-50 feet long - 300 sq feet.  

This is NOT going to flood anything if the "dam" gives way, although the neighbors lawn may be the worse for wear, I doubt it would cause permanent damage.  Rainy season is not an issue, it is a pond, it will have an overflow that will join with the rain runoff from the asphalt shingles/galvanized roofing (toxic for fish etc.) and be sent to the ditch, where the plants and dirt can deal with it.  No, a berm is NOT an options as this area is only 20 feet wide; compost is NOT an option as this strip runs the entire length of the deck and is outside our and our neighbors bedroom window - the smell would be an issue.

Really, I am just trying to find out HOW to do the math on what sort of structural strength my three foot metal roofing wall will have.  Should the poles be at two or three foot intervals?  Is a six foot pole pounded in three feet enough; or should it be an eight foot pounded in five feet.  Then I am looking for plants that would be wildlife friendly, and love only 1 hour of sun a day, on the Wet Coast of Canada.
1 week ago
I do wildlife rescue.  I am the one you call when you see someone hit something on the road, or you unfortunately hit something.

Rarely is it the driver who calls, me, maybe 5% of the time.  Often the animal or bird has been laying there, sometimes for days (I got a raccoon once - the fellow who brought it in had driven past the "carcass" for three days before he saw the raccoon move), on the roadside, and it is by chance someone notices and calls.

I am the crazy lady running around the road with the butterfly net trying to catch the 'invisible' ducklings (whose Mum was slaughtered by driver who did not care enough to make a call) you can't see as you whiz by.

I am the crazy lady trying to catch the injured seagull on the highway, drivers are intentionally aiming for - how can they NOT see me, in a bright orange reflective safety gear, waving a giant net, but can still justify trying to run down the critter I am in the midst of trying to rescue?  Seriously, sometimes I think it is some sick sort of "kill it before she can catch it" game....it is downright scary.

So, sadly, yes.  Most folks simply are so desensitized, it is literally a "game" to try to kill things by running them over; or is it the driver is more ticked off about damage or 'mess' on the vehicle...  It is a very sad commentary on, I suspect, North America in particular.

****Please consider taking the time, right now, to figure out WHO you will call if you come across a wild creature in distress.  Check with your vet, Fish and Game, Conservation, Animal Control/Shelter...they will know who to call, write it down/put it in your cell.  Also, consider keeping an old pillow case with a zipper or elastic/string to tie it closed, in the glovebox (and write the contact information of your local rehabber on it); they are super compact, yet can be used to safely contain most creatures (birds, reptiles, small mammals) or used to cover the eyes of a larger animal (deer) to keep them calm.
1 week ago

Most cities have ordinances about roaming (unleashed) dogs.
Dogs can be serious threats to children, pets, livestock.
They often revert to their feral 'pack' habits.

Cats, on the other hand are solitary hunters that seldom attack anything bigger than themselves.
They pose no real threat to humanity, or 'village life'.
They have been valued by civilizations for thousands of years for their ability to control rodent populations (and disease).
If mankind was as clean as a cat, we wouldn't need them.  



To be clear, we are speaking of an subURBAN environment, a city, houses, lawns, backyards - not farms, acreages, fields etc.  So I ask the following questions, keeping in mind we are speaking of a location where you will often find 10-20 cats per city block, and factoring the damage this concentration will do to local songbirds, mammals, reptiles, insects...

HOW can free roaming cats EVER be reconciled with permaculture???  Does a roaming cat not have the same effect as "toxic gick" when they are literally denuding the neighborhood of beneficial insects, birds, mammals and reptiles with ten times the efficacy of chemical poisons???

Why is it cats are the only domesticated animal allowed to roam at will; tell me, are your pigs, fowl, cattle or goats allowed to eat and poop on your unwilling neighbors property?  
Why do cats engage in that most uncommon of character traits, of killing for fun; in humans we call that being a psychopath.
Why are my friendly, roll over and lick your toes friendly, 5-7 lb dogs considered, supposedly, dangerous, and yet the nasty, hissing neighbors cats not???
Why are dogs not allowed to poop wherever, whenever they want; yet the neighbors cats can defecate and spray all over MY property???
Why is it I can be fined for wildlife harassment if my dog(s) chase, interfere with or injure wildlife; but for a cat it is "meh, he is only doing what comes 'naturally'."
Why is it dogs are subject to noise complaints; yet the neighbors unfixed cats can yowl and screech all night long???
Why is it that when a cat kills a bird or lizard or bunny it is "nature" but when the eagle picks off their pet cat it is called "murder"???  (I do wildlife rescue, you would not believe how often I get this call, AND they want something "done" about the eagle!!!).
Why is it everyone touts what is "natural" for cats when they are NOT naturally occurring in MOST parts of the world; IF they are NOT naturally occurring then they are an "invasive" species, that should be contained.

NO, I do not hate cats, I just spent 4 mths fostering a near death neonate kitten, and I have been owned by cats in the past.  I just am SOOOO tired of all the excuses folks have for cats, the "exceptions" that exist for cats, that NO other domestic animal gets; and I am sooooo tired of the blah di blah blah about rats/mice - plenty of places have figured this one out - nature will balance itself, assuming we allow only those who should be naturally out there, be out there.

Let your cat out or not, that is your choice - but do at least contain your animals to your own property be it with a CATIO, securely fenced yard, or other means such as a leash; as is expected with ANY other sort of domesticated animals or livestock.

***again, to be clear, the question was about subURBAN cats, not rural cats.
1 week ago
Is cheap good?

Depends, if you mean that cool thing you got for 10 cents on the dollar, absolutely.  If it means your kiddo's wearing cheap shoes that offer no support and/or fall apart, nope.

I'm a gal who loves a bargain, in fact, I find it very difficult to pay full price for anything.  I would rather get the dented or scratched appliance, call it "pre-disastered" ((the car from The World According To Garp), and get 20% off.  BUT I will also pay $20 for a pair of sox that will last forever because the company will replace them for life.

So the answer is yes and no.
1 week ago
I am unclear WHY you are breeding these rabbits; where I live they actually are the most common dumped animal (cats and dogs are all pretty much speutered, no such thing as at large dogs here; cats too now must be confined to owner property in cities), and by dumped I mean turned loose.  You say they are mixed breed, pet rabbits, so it makes no sense to me to breed them, especially when they are a dime a dozen.  IF you were raising meat rabbits, or purebreds I would get it, but generic pet bunnies, at least here, would be a nightmare to get good, quality homes for who would not lose interest and ignore them or dump them.  Off MY soapbox now.

Rabbits are unlike humans or dogs; they are spontaneous ovulators - males jumps her, she drops eggs, bam.

She can literally conceive, the day she gives birth, and will, if the male has access!!!

As mentioned, first litters are commonly disastrous whether due to inexperience or what I do not know, but they commonly do not prepare for them, ignore them, refuse to feed them, care for them or out and out eat them.  They are notoriously difficult to bottle feed, aspirating formula, or refusing.  How do I know?  I get the call to "save" another litter of generic bunny babies, that I tube feed every few hours for weeks, slowly get them large enough to wean, socialize them, get them on solids, and independent, only to have the original caller refuse to take them back because in the interim, the Mum bunny has popped a second litter, and now they do not want these babies I spent the last six weeks hand raising for free!!!

Anyhow, keep them apart, WELL apart, not next door to each other, not even with wire between them; and make sure both cages have securely locking lids.  I cannot tell you how many accidental litters somehow occur with rabbits in separate cages until the male is neutered and the female spayed - and don't forget to check if Rabbit Hemorrhagic Fever is prevalent in your area, if so they will need annual vaccinations.

1 week ago

I recently started a job with Orgill (a warehouse/distributor for home and garden stuff).  Things that get damaged get placed in totes that the employees are free to take home.



Perhaps the surplus could be diverted to local charities - or even start a company project that would directly divert it?

Local non-profit growers, allotments, community gardens could benefit from the toxic gick and soil/amendments if you end up with too much; wildlife rescue groups would love quality birdseed; these facilities always need garden and building (paint) supplies....I am sure there are a host of other non-profits who could also benefit, might even offer you a "donation in kind" receipt for tax purposes if you chose to collect the damaged stuff on their behalf, passing it on directly, skipping the company redirection path.  I know I would LOVE for those sorts of supplies to be donated!
1 week ago
A few questions.

Have you ID'd the dogs (pictures)?
Have you contacted animal control?
Do you KNOW who they belong to?
Have any other neighbors had issues with them?

First, they must be clearly identifiable, breed, size, coat color, collars, collar tags etc.  Use a Cell phone or game cam to catch them in the act of trespass and harassment, and to correctly identify them.
Second, provide this information to animal control, local FB groups, neighbors etc.
Third, if you KNOW who they belong to, confront them, and let them know that this is an issue, and see if they are even aware of the situation, and willing to deal with it properly.  Are you able to call them or get a hold of them?  If you do not know who they belong to but can get close enough to handle them; tie a note to their collar for them to "take home".
If this is a neighborhood problem, there might be a neighborhood solution.

Check local regs, most places, nasty and horrible as it is, shooting harassing dogs is legal.  Love the paintball solution!  High powered water gun might be useful, firing over their heads might also be an option.
You may get a better response from those responsible for wildlife enforcement - harassment of wildlife is often illegal, and if the dogs are chasing livestock, likely they are also harassing/harming wildlife, and they may take more notice/act more strongly than animal control.

If shooting is not "up your alley" perhaps a live trap.
2 weeks ago
Personally I do not understand Covid Fatigue - I love that I have a reason to stay home, stay away from civilization, shops etc.  I love only going to town for medical appointments or groceries only.  I love having an excuse to say "no".  I love not having to explain the "why" of my preferences to not socialize.  I love not wasting money because I don't go to town.  I love being home to see the birds and critters prepare for spring.  I love that there was no "flu season" because everyone wore masks, social distanced and/or stayed home.  I love doing less laundry because I some days I don't bother to "dress".  I find I am doing MORE as far as planting/garden planning than ever before...I do not wish this pandemic or the virus on anyone, but for me it has been a wonderful release from daily social demands and pressures.
2 weeks ago