Posted by Rana on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:32:42 :
CATS to scare away squirrels– From the San Francisco Chronicle – Three Easterners came to the Coast a year and a half ago looking for a location, and the result of the venture was explained Thursday night by H . J. Macomber, who arrived at the St. Francis and registered from Paicihes Rancho. They have just completed a $25,000 dam a mile long and nearly forty feet high, and the water for it is brought through seven mile of ditches from the Tre Pinos and the San Benito rivers. But squirrels are the pest and the menace and a man with a gun has to guard the dam to keep squirrels from puncturing it and starting a break. At the dam a colony of cats has been placed to chase squirrels, and one of the men devised a great number of little crosses with ribbons from the arms, and a cross is set at each squirrel hole, so that as the breeze blows the ribbons flutter and when the squirrel comes up he is frightened away.
Source: Boston Evening Transcript, July 27, 1908
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