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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:21 pm 
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I've never seen a bob tailed squirrel. It does make me wonder what bit it off. I do remember being a kid & seeing our cat eating on a squirrel it had caught. Us boys decided we would let him finish eating & come back & get the bones. When we came back the only thing left was the tail. The cat had eaten everything else.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:50 pm 
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I’ve seen jet black squirrels a few times. Kind of startling they look like shadows running by. That white one is cool.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:33 am 
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I have witnessed red squirrels will do this to greys. I have also witnessed red squirrels bite the b*lls off of grey male squirrels. This a territorial thing.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:42 am 
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I tried shooting one with my bow when I was a kid. Cut his tail clean off.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:43 am 
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Seen a few with shorter than normal tails.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:48 am 
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I just saw the little rascal out there again. Same time as yesterday.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:49 am 
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I have found squirrel tails in my back yard. This usually results from a squirrel squabble. It the squirrel equivalent to a broken bottle in a barroom brawl.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:10 am 
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This is a late summer squirrel just out on its own because it's really small. I'll agree with you, Bob; a squabble with Ma or Pa most likely.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:24 am 
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I've never SEEN any of the squirrels that have left their tail in the rat traps we set for the chippies, have lost a few of the traps ,"something" bigger than a chippie took off with them but ground squirrels and chippies do NOT survive the rat traps, now if I could get the moles and shrews to fall for them...hhmmm 8) :roll: :wink:

Liked it when the neighbor had her cat and that cat would get ALL the chippies around the back yard years ago, carry them home and place them at her back door, gotta love that cat......

never thought to "save" the squirrel tails for fly tying,,ALL the guys I knew who "tied flies" ( and even fished that way), are long gone....... :(

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:21 pm 
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A cat may have gotten him, and bit it off.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:55 pm 
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I had a pair of red squirrels one time. They never stood still long enough to even think about shooting them. It was like they were on speed. They chewed a hole through the plywood to get into my shed. Then tore up some stuff.

I set a havahart in front of the hole and 6 rat traps no bait. I checked a couple hours later. One was caught in all six rat traps. The other was dead in the havahart. He must have had a heart attack?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:52 pm 
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WHITE real albinos i "Only, Illinois. common beleafe (SP) around hear that their tails are used (hooked) to their vocal cords. SPELL CHECK AND ME ARE FIGHTING AGAIN.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:53 pm 
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WHOOPS ON THAT TOWN SPELLING ALSO

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:41 pm 
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We once had a grey cat that when we got back from vacation it no longer had a tail.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:48 pm 
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We have squirrels of every combination around here. I've seen them with no tails, half a tail, tails with just a little tuft left at the end of their tales, and tails with gaps in the fur on them. The fighting and chewing each other's tails or escaping from predators is probably the best explanation other than something inherited. We do have a group of them that are grey all over except for bushy bright red tails.

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