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    The bread is too sweet. It drives my mother nuts; she is constantly ordering things without the roll/bun/bread, sometimes just to be contrary, heh. We miss the bakery by our house in New Zealand, but our waistlines don't! Hubby puffed up like a bullfrog while we were there, lol!
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    Browsing through the new posts in the thread when my FB beeped with a notification. I flip back to the tab it's on and what's amongst the new posts in my newsfeed? THIS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    My sister (Vancouver Island) is doing battle with the local Bambi-style deer who invade her garden and systematically destroy it. One of them kicked and almost killed sis's dog. All the locals say a cull is required as the numbers are getting out of control but of course the eco'ist greentards block it.
    That really pisses me off. Argyll's like that too, it's absolutely full of deer, but our landowners are aware of the consequences of not keeping the deer population down. If there's too many deer they start starving and whatnot, its really awful. Plus they're delicious and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittylady View Post
    Browsing through the new posts in the thread when my FB beeped with a notification. I flip back to the tab it's on and what's amongst the new posts in my newsfeed? THIS!

    Pfft, grey nurse sharks are like goldfish, and I've never seen a death adder. Whenever I go out bush it's brown snakes and red and yellow bellied black snakes that you don't want to go near (and I've seen quite a few). I've been charged by an emu but he was only playing and was more interested in the turkey flapping around behind me.
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    There's a couple of birds at the local park's pets corner that look very like emus but aren't (sorry, I can't remember exactly what they are) and they are insanely inquisitive. They look at you constantly like they are trying to decide what to try and eat first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    Pfft, grey nurse sharks are like goldfish, and I've never seen a death adder. Whenever I go out bush it's brown snakes and red and yellow bellied black snakes that you don't want to go near (and I've seen quite a few). I've been charged by an emu but he was only playing and was more interested in the turkey flapping around behind me.
    When we were at Taronga Zoo (but it might have been Featherdale Wildlife Refuge), the emu there looked like he wanted a piece of everybody. Trying to smack people with his giant emu beak. I have to admit, it did not come across as an existential threat.

    Also, when we saw our first dingo there, it was this beautiful buff-colored dog. Very calm. Just calmly hanging out, soaking up the sun. Previous to that, the only thing we knew about dingoes was that it was some wild animal who ate Meryl Streep's baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karistiona View Post
    That really pisses me off. Argyll's like that too, it's absolutely full of deer, but our landowners are aware of the consequences of not keeping the deer population down. If there's too many deer they start starving and whatnot, its really awful. Plus they're delicious and all.
    In that situation deer are considered "vermin" and can be culled, indeed under the law they have to be as there are laws about keeping vermin under control. *gets knife & fork out*
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    My family has been in forestry for generations and we have to keep the deer numbers at a very specific amount so they don't overpopulate and negatively offset the ecosystem on the land. None of us hunt (No taste for it at all) so we have a group of hunters we have a contract with that go out and hunt the land for us I have had people respond to this with horror, hunting being barbaric and all, but I'm thinking, which is more barbaric? To let the deer overpopulate and starve to death? Or to let hunters take and eat an appropriate number to keep the ecosystem healthy for the forest(?) Once you take on the responsibility of altering an ecosystem, you have to keep up with it. We can't just reap the benefits of harvesting trees without replanting, tree health and overall forest health. That would be very irresponsible.
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    ^^^ Yes, my ex-husband had arable land & it could only support a certain number of deer so they were shot & sold for meat. The pizzels & tails can be exported from the UK to Hong Kong & the skin is tanned.
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    I didn't realize our bread is sugary. I'd like to try some that's not, so I can experience the difference. Wouldn't know where/how to get it, though.

    I hate gaps in toilet stalls. Awkward.

    I never notice grape stuff. Rarely pickles. Not sure about all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverLolaWants View Post
    My family has been in forestry for generations and we have to keep the deer numbers at a very specific amount so they don't overpopulate and negatively offset the ecosystem on the land. None of us hunt (No taste for it at all) so we have a group of hunters we have a contract with that go out and hunt the land for us I have had people respond to this with horror, hunting being barbaric and all, but I'm thinking, which is more barbaric? To let the deer overpopulate and starve to death? Or to let hunters take and eat an appropriate number to keep the ecosystem healthy for the forest(?) Once you take on the responsibility of altering an ecosystem, you have to keep up with it. We can't just reap the benefits of harvesting trees without replanting, tree health and overall forest health. That would be very irresponsible.
    I was a little freaked out a couple of weeks ago because I was walking the dog with my kids through some woods that connect our neighborhood with another. And there was a sign posted that said the area where we were walking would be closed on a certain date for about 8 hours for bowhunting to cull deer. I thought that was a little close for comfort for hunters. There are houses within 100 yards of each side of the path.

    But we have had a ton of deer. They have caused accidents, and they have eaten half the plants our yard.

    And once, a few years back, someone hit a deer on a high-speed road out here. The deer was instantly decapitated and its head went flying through the windshield of another car and killed a kid in the backseat.

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    I guess I taste sugar more than most,but our bread is ruined with it. They even put sugar in corn bread in Texas. I swear you could serve it for dessert.
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    Extra points for knowing Missoula!
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    Even Australians make fun of Florida? Jeesh.
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