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Jan 25, 2020 - 6:55:57 AM
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OM45GE

USA

93371 posts since 11/7/2007

Are there any animals you just don’t like? I’m not asking about phobias, rather particular animals that bother you in some way.

I had a friend who hated seagulls. He called them flying rats. Growing up his town had an open trash landfill and he found the boards of seagulls fearing on the garbage disgusting.

For me, it’s wild turkeys. I never gave them much thought until the last ten years or so. It was interesting when the first couple of birds showed up. Now we’re inundated with them. I’ve counted as many as fifty on the front lawn at one time Their poop is everywhere and my dog thinks it’s a treat even though it makes him ill. Yuk!

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:23:05 AM

figmo59

USA

29883 posts since 3/5/2008

Yes Bill...

But......
Dem..Wild Turkeys..eat the ticks..n.bugs..
I really do not like...
In turn.. I gits me ah wild turkey meself

Win...Win..... :#) from time ta time... ;0)

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:27:38 AM

9229 posts since 2/22/2007
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When living in Key West I came to hate that one damn Rooster than began crowing an hour before sunup. And from TV, I don't think that I would want to be around the sound of Hyenas, either. But many animals are best enjoyed from a distance. Raccoons are not so lovable in person as on TV.

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:31:02 AM

1512 posts since 2/10/2013

As I aged and became more knowledgeable, I realized my feelings about specific animals was inaccurate and not based of facts. I am now more careful about spreading false information. BTW, this philosophy applies to subjects other than animals.

Before accepting something as "gospel", check the facts.

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:35:08 AM

9014 posts since 8/22/2006

Are scorpions animals? If they aren’t I dislike them anyway. What benefit do they bring to the table anyway?

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:09:14 AM
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OM45GE

USA

93371 posts since 11/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by figmo59

Yes Bill...

But......
Dem..Wild Turkeys..eat the ticks..n.bugs..
I really do not like...
In turn.. I gits me ah wild turkey meself

Win...Win..... :#) from time ta time... ;0)


Regrettably they don’t allow hunting in my town so these turkeys are safe. I do appreciate their efforts on the ticks however. smiley

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:15:49 AM
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Mooooo

USA

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Humans, they think they're better than everybody else and always want to be in charge...but you guys are o.k.!

Edited by - Mooooo on 01/25/2020 08:16:35

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:16:56 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23702 posts since 8/3/2003

Squirrels and mice. I see no reason that they were put on the earth except to cause problems.

There are loads of squirrels where I live. My "back door" neighbor has about 8 pecan trees so naturally, there are squirrels. They come over to my yard, eat my flowers, bury their nut stash in my yard and then I have little pecan trees coming up everywhere.

The mice invade the house occasionally and are almost impossible to get rid of. Can't set regular mouse traps because of my dogs, but I can use the poison that's in plastic boxes.... dogs don't bother it, but mice seem to love it. They go off and dry out somewhere and hopefully, leave me alone.

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:20:28 AM
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70860 posts since 5/9/2007

Pit bulls shouldn't exist.

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:35:36 AM
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Ev

USA

2364 posts since 9/10/2004

Monkeys. Go to the zoo and all they do is throw poop at you!

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:48:02 AM
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I also hate monkeys! When I was ten a kid down the street got a pet monkey. Let's just say that is as nasty and evil-tempered of an animal as I ever want to encounter. When I watch TV about people moving to exotic locations, the first time the monkeys appear I say "nope, not going to ever live THERE". Having those hoodlums in the neighborhood would be a deal-killer for me.

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:57:02 AM
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70860 posts since 5/9/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Ev

Monkeys. Go to the zoo and all they do is throw poop at you!


If I were locked up against my will and far from my natural home I'd probably throw some sh-t,too.

That wouldn't make me a bad monkey would it?It would make me an misbehaving prisoner,I suppose..

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:03:12 AM
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RonR

USA

1583 posts since 11/29/2012

Blue herons and red tailed hawks occasionally eye up my koi pond for a fish dinner. I've only lost one fish over the years to a hawk. I dont really dislike them.They are chased off easy enough.I enjoyed watching a red tailed hawk trying to catch a small rabbit running through a rasberry patch.The hawk knew he would get hung up in the stickers.

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:08:45 AM

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Jan 25, 2020 - 9:14:08 AM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1755 posts since 6/19/2014

Road hogs. Parking lot pigs. Dogs-in-the-manger. Asses, generally.

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:14:54 AM

easy

USA

215 posts since 1/23/2009

I don't have a beef with any particular animal on principle alone, but the squirrels in my yard tend to eat any of my mangoes that drop before I get a chance to eat them (the mangoes, that is, not the squirrels). The raccoons used to do the same, but I like coons (and I've had no coon sightings in my yard since they developed the formerly empty lot behind my house).

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:17:45 AM
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Owen

Canada

4806 posts since 6/5/2011

For my location I'm kinda with Sherry on this one .... although my list has rats out front over mice by a fair margin.   I haven't informed myself re. their roles in the grand scheme [i.e. food chain, ecological balance, etc.], but I suppose NIMBY is a factor in my thinking.

Edited by - Owen on 01/25/2020 09:20:03

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:24:49 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13264 posts since 9/27/2007

Gray squirrels have driven out the native red ones around here. I see they are trying to wipe them out in England.

They were introduced here on the island because someone thought they were cute. Same across the pond I think.

There used to be a mansion on the main drag of my hometown owned by a widow. Some friends were roofers & they were working on her house & noticed the attic was full of squirrels. The eaves were full of access holes & she said to leave them! She liked them around.

After she died the house was condemned, torn down & they built a Beer Store there! Happy ending! 

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:13:46 AM
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70860 posts since 5/9/2007

They had to eliminate deer from Monhegan Island for the tick problems.

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:16:33 AM
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RonR

USA

1583 posts since 11/29/2012

I made the mistake of approaching two swanns in a back yard pond once.They were big and very aggresive.

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:18:04 AM
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264 posts since 10/9/2017

I consider the local white-tailed deer to be nothing more than tick taxis and tomato thieves.

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:33:16 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13264 posts since 9/27/2007

quote:
Originally posted by RonR

I made the mistake of approaching two swanns in a back yard pond once.They were big and very aggresive.


Same as Canadian geese. Nasty when they square off against you & crap all over.

I've heard them referred to as FRENCH Canadian geese. blush

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:45:28 AM
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3878 posts since 10/18/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Mooooo

Humans, they think they're better than everybody else and always want to be in charge...but you guys are o.k.!


Sartre said hell is people. It's surprising how often that thought comes to my mind. But let's keep politics out of this discussion.

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:53:08 AM
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Brian T

Canada

16059 posts since 6/5/2008

I never realized how accustomed wild deer would become towards people.
They will walk 3' away from you if you stand still.
They crap on my front door step, I guess that's my main objection to wildlife.
A week of melting and I got the step cleaned off so nobody tracks the crap into my house.

As aggressive nuisances, hard to beat wasps & hornets.

Jan 25, 2020 - 11:01:57 AM

9229 posts since 2/22/2007
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My wife hates birds. She was frightened by the Hitchcock film as a child and hates them to this day!

Jan 25, 2020 - 1:47:24 PM

14541 posts since 12/2/2005

In general, I'm not fond of snakes. I'll admit I find them somewhat interesting as long as we're separated by at least an inch of glass.

Mixed feelings on Canada geese. The transients, I have no problem with - in fact, I enjoy seeing them on the wing. But around here we've got tons who have taken up permanent residence, and they're a messy PITA. Fortunately, there's a pair of nesting swans on the pond. Swans can be contentious birds but they're pretty to look at and they drive the geese away (they get along fine with the ducks).

And grackles. They can suck all the seed out of my feeders in no time flat.

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