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Squirrel Massacre in Bennie’s Corners —-Yikes! Yikes! Yikes!

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Not for the Squeamish!

A Bennie’s Corners story of 1875 may be recalled as the telling of a recognized sport in some circles of Lanark County. In those times, it was known as a squirrel hunt and featuring a reckless slaughter of the birds and animals of the summer woods.  An Almonte newspaper report told of the hunt on this occasion:

On Friday the 25th a squirrel hunt took place at Bennie’s Corners, and they came far and wide.  Eighteen competitors were chosen on each side, with Messrs. John Snedden and Robert McKenzie acting as captains.  In squirrel hunts, squirrels are not the only animals killed, but every furred and feathered denizen of the forest, each having a certain value attached.  The count runs as follows : squirrel 1, chip munk 2, wood pecker 2, ground hog 3, crow 3, blackbird 1, skunk 5, fox 50, etc.

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At the conclusion of the contest the game killed by both sides amounted to over 2,500.  Mr. James Cochrane bagged 164 squirrels, being the highest individual score, and Mr. Andrew Cochran came next.  The affair wound up with a dance at the residence of Mr. James Snedden.

They danced? What do you mean they danced? After killing 2,500 animals? I have only one thing to say.

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