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Ron H
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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #60 on: September 27, 2011, 12:48:33 AM »

Wow Goldie, that is amazing, in a way you are very lucky to see such an impressive beast, but its also a worry for them to be visiting so much. I dont think I would like a bear bounding up behind me! ... its very sad about how much wildlife gets killed on the roads... imagine the smell left on the car that hits the skunk, phew-ee... even worse, a poor wildlife carer has to treat an injured one!... thats a bummer the bears dont seem to be scared of much, I know one sound that usually moves them, a shotgun, and although I dont really approve of that, sometimes its the only option to scare them off and make them more wary of us humies (I like that one too Nossie)... another thing we have tried in the past which works if they are only coming in for water, is to set up a water trough, tub or something further from the house for them... and one thing my father has used in the past to deter feral cats is a low voltage electric fence, (but thats money and a bit of a hassle) it gives a small shock in pulses, that works quite well... our outdoor plains zoo uses them to keep the wildlife in, although I remember one randy male rhino just barged straight thru one to get to the girls... here's hoping you find a solution. cheers
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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #61 on: September 27, 2011, 03:10:28 AM »

Such amazing stories... wow Smiley
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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #62 on: September 27, 2011, 04:34:46 AM »

I guy tried to steal two turacos from our local zoo but me smuggled one and the other flew away.
Sometimes we are running from hogs or bobcats in my backyard! Its scarey!!!
I mean Giant Hogs Like 6 feet long. These hogs escaped from a local farm and kept outsmarting traps. Now he has breed and there are about 5-10 of them.

Great stories Ron, nossie and Golddigirl!!
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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #63 on: September 27, 2011, 08:58:47 AM »

Hogs? SIX FEET?! D8 Dude.. D8
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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #64 on: September 27, 2011, 08:04:57 PM »

Some people say they like the smell of the dead skunks; that it reminds them of the aroma of coffee.  Cheesy Somehow I don't get that impression when I smell one. Good idea about setting out an alternate water source...I put out a pot of ice-cold salt water in hopes that would deter his attentions, however either he hasn't noticed it or just would rather have the fish water. I think the salt is making him thirstier every night which is why he keeps coming back lol! We had left a volleyball in the yard yesterday night and the bears tore it to shreds...I think they were playing with it but they are just so rough! Had another visit from the cub last night and he absolutely destroyed the inside of the tank...I had some flower pots and a bunch of fake plants in there to provide shelter for the fish, Mr. Bear discovered these and had a fun time smashing them about and flinging them all over the place. Getting fed up with all this; I'm certain it's terrorizing my poor little Crystal as well as risking him breaking the tank with all of his antics but my only choice would be to close down the tank and bring her back in.

That's so amazing about the rhino! Not much can stand in their way when they get a mind to do something...very similar to bears in that respect...both have poor vision and go wherever they want.

My goodness fantailer that's ridiculous! Those hogs can be pretty fierce as well I hear... Shocked

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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #65 on: September 28, 2011, 04:25:38 AM »

You can't "simply" bring the tank inside somewhere?
It doesn't sound too good that Crystal is being harassed like that D: She must be so stressed :c
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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #66 on: September 28, 2011, 07:10:52 PM »

Don't fret Nossie I shut down the tank today. I figured Crystal had been out there long enough...the reason I hadn't brought her inside sooner was because I was hoping that colder temps. would lower her blood pressure and "calm" her down a bit. But I deffinately aggree it is too stressful for her to be harassed by a bear so I put my foot down and took her out. I placed her back in the main tank this afternoon and so far so good...she has shown 0 signs of aggression.

Fingers crossed that she keeps up the good behavior!  Cheesy
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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #67 on: September 29, 2011, 12:56:25 AM »

hey lets hope she knows her place now, I spose you can give her some leeway as she is the "new girl"  Smiley , and those cheeky bears, sounds like your place is the new bear nursery and play gym  Wink . Those hogs are pretty smart fantailer, in fact their intelligence is greater than that of dogs, so they may be a challenge to trap... we have wild ones here in our outback, we call them feral pigs and they look nothing like the domestic variety, and are far more dangerous, the big ones will go you and try to gore you with their tusks if they, or their young are threatened. Their young are pretty cute but they grow into the one ugly adult.. cheers all
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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #68 on: September 29, 2011, 04:11:58 AM »

Oh yeah! Cheesy That's good to hear Smiley Fingers crossed!
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Help please for Onyx!
« Reply #69 on: October 01, 2011, 12:54:27 PM »

Well so far it has been a few days and Crystal is showing no harassing behavior other than a nip or two that says, "Get out of my way!" She has warmed up (literally) to the much higher tank temperatures and is now very hyper! She swims back and forth like crazy and almost has a heart attack when I come in the room to feed them. I don't mind her being spaztic so long as she leaves my other fish alone.  Smiley

The bears have discovered that they no longer have any water from my tank (as it is now put away in the garage) and have contented themselves to drink from the birdbath. Though they will soon go into hybernation, we aren't totally off the hook. Unfortunately for us bears have an exellent memory and always remember where they have gotten food or water, so next year Junior Bear may return without his mother 2 or 3 times the size he was before and an even greater appetite. They really have gotten to be a bit of a pest, although they are very majestic creatures and fun to watch (from the indoors at least).  Cheesy

Wild hogs are a large problem right now in central U.S., they are coming up from further south and destroy crops in their wake, causing farmers to be irate. They are very fierce creatures and can grow to be very large. That is one pest I'm glad I don't have to worry about!  Shocked
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