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In Their Own Words

July 12, 1740

Wildlife Problems for Farmers

From Ebenezer, Johann Martin Boltzius wrote of some of the problems of raising crops in Georgia:

“This year the raccoons, a kind of wild cat, are said to be doing great harm once more in the corn by pulling the young ears or cobs down to the ground with the stalks and, because they find few grains of corn, they reach out all the further. Every crop has its enemy. The corn has the raccoons at the planting as well as at the harvest; the beans, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes have the deer, and the rice has the birds which many a year settle on the stalks like a cloud …”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Don Savelle (ed. and trans.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1983), Vol. VII, p. 190.