Chewing it over
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