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Two skunks

We were skunked yesterday and saw no new mounds to the North so we pulled all of our traps.  Then we noticed two small mounds South of the parking lot and set two traps.

Skunked again today.  Nothing in the two traps.  I did notice one very small mound near the block building and set one more trap there.  We’ll see what happens.  I think we are just about done here.

Skunked

We got skunked today.  We descended on the property at 8:30 and checked all of the traps.  Nothing.  No only did we catch nothing, but we found only one new mound.  We moved one trap to the new mound and left.  We’ll catch’em later.

Another big one!

I went out today about 3:30 and found that the lone trap in the NW area was tripped.  To my delight, when I pulled it, there was a big juicy mole snagged in the jaws of the trap.  There really wasn’t much new activity.  We’ll see what tomorrow will bring.

Its a big one.

Its a big one.

Nice Catch!

I got a note from Brooks this morning saying that there was a mole in one of the traps that he checked.  He left it there for me to see and photograph.  I went out this afternoon and found the little critter and gave him a proper burial.  There was a little new activity to the South West, so I moved the trap over there.  In the front, I noticed some new very large mounds to the west toward the bridge.  I pulled one trap and move it to this new area.

Our first catch of this campaign.

Our first catch of this campaign.

More activity

The moles are really busy.  I went out today at 1:45 to check the traps again even though Brooks had already checked them today.  I found ONE sprung trap and noticed the two new mounds that Brooks had spotted earlier.  I moved two traps to the new mounds and set one additional trap out front by the sign on a new mound that I noticed out there.  So far the score is Moles-3, Tag Team-0.

Sneaky moles

Brooks went out Wednesday morning to check the traps.  He posted this score card:

0 moles caught
2 tripped traps
2 re-set/re-positioned traps
3 new mounds
0 additional traps set
The new mole mounds are in the north lawn area near the playthings.

 

Setting traps

Tuesday morning, Brooks and I met at Cherry Grove church and walked the grounds looking for signs of life.  We ended up setting 10 traps, mostly to the North.

Cherry Grove II

Driving by Cherry Grove Church the other day, I noticed a bunch of mole hills out on the front yard near the sign.  Churches should be on holy ground, not moley ground so I decided to call up the team and start a new campaign.  I went out there by myself on Monday and knocked down all the hills…..lots of them, I also talked to the pastor and obtained permission.

Fast Catch

I think this is a record for me.  I set out three traps in my next door neighbor’s yard to catch a new mole that recently started his campaign of tunneling terror.  ONE hour later, I was walking by and notice one trap was tripped.  I looked again as saw that two were actually tripped.  “Wow!  I got him!”, I thought.  I pulled the traps and there was no mole.  He had escaped two traps.  A sly fellow indeed.

I reset the traps and went my way.  About THREE hours later, my neighbor’s son in law came to visit and I went over to warn him of the traps.  He wanted to see them so we sauntered over to where they were set.  To my surprise, one was tripped.  I pulled it out and there was a big mole freshly caught and still squirming.  I had to whack him with my shovel to end his struggle.  Ewww.

 

Mystery trapper

I stopped by here last week because I was seeing a lot of new mounds creeping in from the SW.  I was going to launch an attach but I noticed that someone else has beaten me to it.  There were two traps set in the heaviest area.  I left them alone.  Good luck to the mystery trapper.