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Old June 2nd, 2016, 09:44 PM
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This morning I went down to sugar house for something,, (which I have now forgotten). I have dirt floor and only have about covered with plywood. A plywood door with a 3" gap at bottom for possible frost heave. I see that something has dug a hole under door! A quick thought,,,,,,,, Armadillo!!!!!! A look inside I see a pile of fresh dirt under arch behind the blowers.
I have my arch set on 5 concrete pads, about 24" x 48". One under stack end and the other 4 under each of 4 feet under firebox. Even with sitting on dirt I had not had to adjust level last 2 years.

Inspection of inside,,,, the Armadillo and dug down between the pads for rear to front of fire box. From the front,, fire door I can see that it has tunneled under one pad and I can't see the end of tunnel. I set a live trap at hole under door. Also found where they had dug under a stack of lumber. Set another cage trap.
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Armadillos in MO. I never knew that they came up that far north.
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The past few years we are seeing possum in the road.
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OH BOY just read that Armadillos will be in Massachusetts before long due to carbon emissions.
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Old June 3rd, 2016, 01:21 PM
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Last November we left the rolled up hides from our deer in the front shed of the sugar camp for a few days. We came in after a hunt and one hide was halfway across the floor. Funny... rolled it back up and proceeded to skin the deer we just shot. A few minutes later my buddy says "hey - look at that!" A weasel that had already turned white snuck out and was trying to drag the hide away! Credit to the little guy. The hide probably weighed 50 times what it did but it was determined to take it away!

Not that it's too unusual a critter - but I had 2 chipmunks run between my feet while I was in the camp washing the evaporator last weekend. Thankfully there was nobody there to see me jump nor hear the high pitched squeal.

Possums are as far north as Ontario. I've seen them dead on the road in the Toronto area.
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I have a feeling their will be more armadillos heading north to get away from the flooding in Texas.
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I have a feeling their will be more armadillos heading north to get away from the flooding in Texas.
Ugh, don't remind me about the weather. Not getting rained on bad here in Corpus Christi, but I have a connection flight in Houston tomorrow on my way back to rochester tomorrow. I don't want to be stuck here.

Haven't seen any armadillos yet, maybe they've all gone north already. I have seen a bunch of pelicans, that's a cool sight. Wonder how much sap they can carry
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Chuck, Armadillos have been around in Missouri for 30+ years. First came in in the southeast,,, Springfield area. They are to at least to St Louis and may have crossed the Missouri river. The mild winters have allowed them to survive winters. 2-3 weeks of below 0 and hard frozen ground with lots of snow will kill out many if not all
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I too thought Armadillo were a far South vermin. And I thought it was odd to chase wild turkey out of my three sided shed.
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I had one of the esteemed members of this board stop by during the season. Chuck, what do you think? Would that qualify as a "critter" or not?
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