At war with a squirrel in Montana

@TheHorse (89677)
Walnut Creek, California
August 12, 2019 1:03pm CST
Every year, when I visit our cabin in Montana, I an greeted by angry chirps from the squirrels who live in the tree canopy above the cabin. I generally respond to them with the same barrage of expletives they've hurled at me, and things settle down, as they accept my presence for a few days. This year, was different, though. After my usual greeting, one squirrel, who inhabits the tree right by my cabin, would amuse himself at sunrise by hurling pinecones at the roof, directly above where I was sleeping. I went up on the roof and noticed that there weren't too many pine cones up there, so I assumed that this behavior as new and he was waging war on me. I cursed him out in my best squirrel (I'm not fluent) and went about my chores. After about three days of this, I decided it was time for a peace summit. To be continued...
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@MALUSE (52880)
• Germany
12 Aug
Saint Francis could talk to animals and they responded in their way. You could learn from his teachings. I can't help you. I'm not a Catholic.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
Saint Francis is actually one of my idols. I've even visited Assisi twice.
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@MALUSE (52880)
• Germany
12 Aug
@TheHorse I remember you telling us about it. You used to live in Italy for some years. I've forgotten why, though. I was in Assissi once.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
@MALUSE I lived there when I was little--one year. My dad taught English in Rome. I believe it was called the University of Rome.
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• Peoria, Arizona
12 Aug
I hope there isn't any fermented fruit around, raging drunk squirrels sounds a bit dangerous, next they will be throwing pebbles at your windows.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
Oh my! I didn't see any drunk squirrels.
@Nevena83 (31292)
• Serbia
12 Aug
I wonder who will win, you or the squirrel.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
This is WAR!
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@Nevena83 (31292)
• Serbia
12 Aug
@TheHorse What weapons will you use?
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
@Nevena83 Buwaahaahaa! Actually, I'm a pacifist. I'll use peanuts.
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• United States
12 Aug
some're a tad territorial 'n since yer basically a stranger (truly, ya go once a year fer a few days...) - 'n invader 'f his home. i figure ya worked out some sort'a compromise :)
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
We did. What surprised me was that after about two days of arguing, I watched calmly from my picnic table as the squirrel descended his favorite tree, and kept descending until he was only about four feet from me. He then leaned out toward me, sniffing me. I did the same to him. Some other noise (perhaps an alarm call from another squirrel) chased him back up a tree. But I think we had declared a truce at that point.
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• United States
12 Aug
@TheHorse i reckon he figured ya were there to stay 'n his antics didn't frighten ya 'way so's might's well be friends :) critters 're jest like humans, eh?
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
@crazyhorseladycx They are. But the truce didn't stop his pine cone tossing. He was just a bit more mellow about it. I wish I'd had more time to get to know him. I may have been his first human.
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@marguicha (124484)
• Chile
12 Aug
I´d throw back the cones
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
I thought of it. But I worried I'd blow out my shoulder.
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@marguicha (124484)
• Chile
12 Aug
@TheHorse You are getting old
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
@marguicha Alas, it's true. But I would have exercised the same caution 40 years ago. Pine cones are lighter than baseballs. A formula for...stupidity.
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@Corbin5 (152566)
• United States
12 Aug
Well, I do believe if you took several "how to speak squirrel" classes you could reason with this fellow and become very good friends.
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@Corbin5 (152566)
• United States
12 Aug
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
@Corbin5 Dang, there's not much detail out there, from what I could find. I heard three distinct calls: a long chatter call, kind of like a lazy rattlesnake but not threatening, individual chirps in rapid succession, like maybe 4 per second, and a more plaintive "pew pew pew" call.
@NJChicaa (62961)
• United States
12 Aug
I’ve had my fair share of arguments with squirrels
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
They destroyed "Ground Squirrel Gardens" at my previous place of work.
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@Rohithee (429)
• India
12 Aug
Nice picture
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
I grabbed it off the internet. It is the same kind of squirrel I was arguing with.
@Tampa_girl7 (32556)
• United States
12 Aug
Our squirrels are very good natured.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
So are the ones I used to interact with in Chicago. They were quite used to humans.
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@Tampa_girl7 (32556)
• United States
12 Aug
@TheHorse I guess it's just Montana squirrels that misbehave
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
@Tampa_girl7 I think it's just their character. But they're so dang cute.
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• Barquisimeto, Venezuela
13 Aug
I want to see the outcome.Lol
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
It's a happy ending. I'll write about it soon.
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• Barquisimeto, Venezuela
13 Aug
@TheHorse Aha¡, you like suspense, isn't it?
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
@profree2019 "Suspense" is my middle name!
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@kareng (16161)
• United States
12 Aug
I'm glad you two entertained each other.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
It was entertaining.
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@kareng (16161)
• United States
12 Aug
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@kareng (16161)
• United States
13 Aug
@TheHorse Oh yay. You may have to give us all lessons on that language.
• Belews Creek, North Carolina
12 Aug
MrsJ says the squirrels throw hickory nuts at her every time she does outside this time of year. I think she's a bit paranoid.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
I think she's right. But maybe if she learns some squirrel...
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• Belews Creek, North Carolina
12 Aug
@TheHorse I'll suggest she see if Duolingo offers a course in squirrel.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
@SophiaMorros You will be helping person kind.
• United States
13 Aug
My husband continually reminds me that the animals were here first. It drives me "nuts".
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
I remember that as I interact with them. But I did get the pack rats out of my cabin (years ago). We humans get to have SOME boundaries.
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• United States
13 Aug
@TheHorse Yes there have to boundaries and limits - pack rat would cross the line for me and raccoons in the attic.
@LadyDuck (235646)
• Switzerland
13 Aug
I am trying from years to talk to the birds, but we cannot still communicate very well.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
I think our mourning doves can tell from my tone of voice that I don't want to eat them.
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@LadyDuck (235646)
• Switzerland
13 Aug
@TheHorse I am sure that the birds that come to eat at my feeders know that they are safe near me.
• United States
13 Aug
they swear at me from the trees next door all the time. and i swear back.screw you squirrel,i pay taxes.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
Hey, I hadn't though of that. Wait. Now, I'm a lawyer for the squirrels. "Taxes shmaxes. Do you have Scar and every other kitty in the neighborhood chasing after you?"
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• United States
14 Aug
@TheHorse actually,i do.my neighbor's cats are in my yard all the time.which i don't mind.
@HazySue (31243)
• United States
12 Aug
They can be a pain for sure. Hope he gets used to you invading his territory.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
He kind of did. He came down to visit me after a few days.
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@HazySue (31243)
• United States
14 Aug
@TheHorse How nice. Are you friends now?
@snowy22315 (72241)
• United States
13 Aug
Ha, that reminds me of that Geico commercial where the woman has a squirrel problem! Plenty around here, but they tend to be well behaved.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
I'm not sure if I've seen that one. I bet it's on YouTube. The tree squirrels here in CA don't bother me much. Actually, I had fun with the ones in Montana. They don't bother me either. As long as they don't go all Monty Python Killer Bunny on me.
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@wolfgirl569 (19939)
• Marion, Ohio
13 Aug
You are the invader. He has a right to be angry.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Aug
Heh. I think we became friends in the end.
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@andriaperry (86393)
• Anniston, Alabama
12 Aug
Feed it and it`ll be your friend.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
I left some peanuts behind for him when I headed home to CA.
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@DocAndersen (6665)
12 Aug
I suspect a peace offering of corn would solve the issue!
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug
Yep, I went with peanuts. But I actually made my initial offering in fractured squirrel language.