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Old 06-15-2016, 12:39 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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Late wife's uncle had watch geese at his place in the foothills of the Cascades. Those geese loved the uncle, tolerated his wife, ignored his two grown daughters, and attacked all strangers, making noise that awakened the dead, and even nipped the strangers with their bills. As someone who lived in a large eastern urban area, this behavior was all new to me.


Rewind 10 years. US Army field exercise in an isolated chunk of America known as "Land Between The Lakes" in southeast Ky. Marching down a dusty road, we noticed a bungalow with a huge tusker on the back porch. This ginormous creature filled the entire porch. There were other tuskers on the property too. In addition, there was a moonshine still which wasn't "cooking" at the moment. We went to investigate to determine whether it was just temporarily shut down, or, more likely, a still that hadn't been used in years and was just junk. However, the tuskers surrounded the still and no one wanted to mess with them to check it out. Maybe it was still functional; revenooers watch out!


One of the GIs, a Texan, said that he allows a few pigs around his place, free range, to kill rattlesnakes. They were quite effective at that particular chore according to him.
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Old 06-16-2016, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Somewhere between chaos and confusion
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Our dog watches the front door and yard.....and our parrots watch over the back yard! Our male sun conure has scared away many critters with his loud voice and keeps us safe from those attacking groundhogs.....
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