Living the Country Life

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Where's Elmer Fudd when you need him?
I love rabbits and enjoy watching them. But that affection comes to a halt if I see them ravaging my plants. In the winter, they clip off branches at 45-degree angles -- and the bark of my young...
Anyone who raises livestock knows the many issues with predators
This story begins with ten chicks. My chickens grew up to become very tame after much work and time. They truly became part of the family. If you opened the door, they had no problem walking in, as...
Something is killing your chickens, but what?
Anyone who raises chickens has to protect them from predators. But sometimes the unfortunate happens and you're left wondering what got them. Jesse Lyons is an extension poultry specialist at the...
Go ahead -- plant these spring-flowering bulbs in the fall. The deer and rabbits won't eat them!
Many pets share the outdoors with wildlife. Unless your pets can defend themselves, an encounter with wild animals could end tragically. Learn to keep your pets safe.
Radio interview source: Dan Morrison, Executive Director, Southeast Area Animal Control Authority, Los Angeles, CA Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   Cats and...
How does one porcupine interact with another? Very carefully! Porcupines are not aggressive animals but if you see one up close, don't make it mad.
Radio interview source: Yvonne Barkley, Associate Extension Forester, University of Idaho Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   The porcupine is the second-...
Leafcutter bees are wonderful pollinators. They are hard workers and beneficial to have around if you don’t mind a few holes in the plant leaves.
Radio interview source: David Serrano, Assistant Professor of Biological Science, Broward College Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Watch the bees buzz around your flowers...
The minerals might not produce trophy bucks, but they won't hurt either.
Landowners interested in improving the health of whitetail deer and antler development often put out mineral licks.   Brian Murphy is a wildlife biologist with the Quality Deer...
Seeing a fox roaming around your property is usually no cause for alarm. Foxes are often misunderstood and can be very beneficial to have for rodent control.
Radio interview source: Richard Sandberg, Director, Fox Forest Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Foxes often roam around pastures and can occasionally scare families, but they...
Birds appreciate food at the feeder all year long. To attract the species you want to see and deter those you don't, you have to choose your bird seed wisely.
Radio interview source: Tom Lokitus, Product Manager, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Some families choose not to feed the birds in their yard,...