Chew­ing it over

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

WE live on the south-western edge of Lac Neuchâ­tel in Switzer­land, where a lot of peo­ple pay ex­tra car in­sur­ance to guard against the dam­age done by pine martens (right) chew­ing on cables (Coun­try Mouse, June 21 and Let­ters, July 5). These crea­tures lift roof tiles, eat and de­stroy house in­su­la­tion and can wrig­gle through the tini­est aper­ture.

One day, I found five of my chick­ens dead and aban­doned af­ter the pine martens had had their fill. Their favourite meal is egg, whether stolen from a bird nest or a chicken run.

Pine martens were made ex­tinct in Eng­land be­cause they are de­struc­tive and ver­minous—their ‘gen­tle re­cov­ery’ will soon be­come an over­whelm­ing pop­u­la­tion. Mr and Mrs Craw­ford, Yver­don-les-bains, Switzer­land

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