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jameson
06-14-2006, 10:17 PM
What is it? Ex-girlfriend? Mother-in-law? Nope.

It is the bane of every Northwest garden.

This little beauty was caught snacking on tender new shoots of astilbe and day lilies. It turned out to be his last snack. One of my guys caught him in the act, no quarter was granted, the little brute was soundly beat about the head with a spade.

The tiny terror had been ravaging this garden for a few months (shed no tears) and had avoided capture until today. He may have been in a previous scuffle of unknown origin before the spade; he was missing a flipper/paw/hand/extremity already. Don't worry, my guy swears up and down that he had his left hand behind his back during the melee.

It was a fair fight.

So...what is it? Any takers?

jameson
06-14-2006, 10:18 PM
here it is again...

DBL
06-14-2006, 10:19 PM
im gonna go with a rat but thats very basic

jameson
06-14-2006, 10:20 PM
Smile for the camera...

nmez21
06-14-2006, 10:32 PM
A mole? having problems with em' in my own lawn. wait- that thing is HUGE! I have no idea if they can get that BIG!

grass_cuttin_fool
06-14-2006, 11:17 PM
Ive never seen a mole that big around here!!!!!!!!!!

wayne

All_Clear
06-14-2006, 11:22 PM
Ive never seen a mole that big around here!!!!!!!!!!

wayne

Those big gardens he takes care of.... they have miracle grow moles?

I think it's a mole-rat-otter-opossum myself! :confused:

All Clear

deereman
06-14-2006, 11:41 PM
Maybe you could get Osama Bin Ladin the same way!

jameson
06-14-2006, 11:59 PM
'tis not a rat nor a mole nor a undercover militant muslim insurgent.

Good guesses all, but no bullseye.

All_Clear
06-15-2006, 12:22 AM
A mountain beaver? :laugh: No wait I'm being serious ;) :confused:


All Clear

All_Clear
06-15-2006, 12:29 AM
ok last guess... If it's not a mountain beaver, then it's a Nutria...


All Clear

Mac_Cool
06-15-2006, 01:10 AM
It's a marmot, gopher or ground hog. I've never been sure of the difference.

I ate one once.

nmez21
06-15-2006, 01:46 AM
I saw this one movie one time :usflag:
http://www.carlspackler.com/images/cs_carl.jpg

DBL
06-15-2006, 12:52 PM
I saw this one movie one time :usflag:
http://www.carlspackler.com/images/cs_carl.jpg

that would be cool if it was that i love caddyshack

Greenohio
06-15-2006, 02:27 PM
:( :cry:

Ok OK I know I am a cry baby, but I feel for all living things, huh guess thats why DH does the dirty work.

It looks so sad all bloddy. Looks like a ground hog to me, we have a lot around here. We have cages you catch them in and release in public parks:)

jameson
06-15-2006, 09:50 PM
A mountain beaver? :laugh: No wait I'm being serious ;) :confused:


All Clear

All Clear is correct. It is a Mountain Beaver.

:clapping:

Mac_Cool
06-15-2006, 10:29 PM
All Clear is correct. It is a Mountain Beaver.

:clapping:
Cool. I've never heard of them before. Apparently they are some sort of prehistoric rodent and considered a 'keystone species'. Here is a good article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_beaver) about them.

It still looks like a gopher, how do you tell the difference?

All_Clear
06-15-2006, 11:58 PM
Thank you, Thank you...

That and the Nutria were the only two rodent/pests i could find that matched it for the state of WA.

Seems the Nutria is wrecking havoc on things around the lake, or so the news article said. Sounds like they are spending big money trying to get rid of those....

I must say it took me awhile to find info on it... Interesting little guy...


All Clear

Envy Lawn Service
06-17-2006, 01:28 AM
Looks like a SabreTooth FatRat to me.

cessnasovereign
06-17-2006, 12:32 PM
It's an alligator.

VWBOBD
06-19-2006, 03:44 AM
looks like dinner to me, only needs a good cianti to go with it

4 Seasons
02-01-2007, 12:32 PM
I don't see a tail on it so I'm gonna say it's a mole.