Light Station Pests (four leged, not two)

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Postby island » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:47 pm

Instructions to Keepers of the Lights of this Nation'
Contain directions for most every situation,
But not one small bit of useful information,
For for the keeper to defend against red squirrel invasion.

So try as he might,
It just isn't right!
No matter his efforts,
They refuse to take flight.

In the house on chairs and on the table,
As for enjoying ones meals, not at all able.
No flag could be flown for distress if inclined,
For one of these beasts had chewed through the line.

Help did arrive, the lighthouse tender.
Lowered the dory at the port side fenders.
But for seeing those squirrels by the boat house door,
The captain decided it best not go ashore.

This keeper now alone, with no comfort, no aid,
Under constant attack by this squirrel brigade.
No rest during day, and awakened at night,
for bad dreams of squirrels. It's just not right!

The light at night must always be lit.
Though the keeper had no choice but to quit.
The keeper being forced to abandon his station.
With no willing replacement, the only choice-- automation.

With such the light will display night after night.
This light station renamed.---Squirrel Island Light.
The above was inspired by a real invasion of squirrels recently at Little River Light and thus if it could not be stopped--traps. But they proved very adept at taking bait without triggering the have-a-heart traps. They would sometimes wait outside the door and then zip right in when opened.

The following was created as an interim solution.

Visitor Rules for Squirrels

We love our squirrels, yes we do!
They can visit for an hour or two.

But not to stay too very long.
Then go back where you all belong.

Visiting hours are two to four,
No exceptions. That's for sure.

No sneaking in the lighthouse home,
And in the tower do not roam.

If you're found in a room,
Bill with chase you with his broom.

Across the lawn and to the trees.
No longer welcome, if you please.

If to visit an hour or two,
Good behavior is best for you.
Soon after the rules were created, all but one or two of the squirrels left.
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:13 am

Squirrels are cute little sritters. Obviously they can read as well. :lol:
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Postby island » Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:26 pm

A few can and they can tell the others.
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