Tag: squirrels

Use Your Bird Seed Wisely

One of the easiest ways to deter unwanted wildlife from getting into your home is to get bird feeders away from the house. We love the birds, but the hard truth is that the bird seed people put in their feeders attracts all sorts of critters, from raccoons to deer to squirrels and mice. Birds are notoriously messy in their eating habits, as you can see from the picture above. Raccoons and other critters will often come to the area by night to scavenge the spilled birdseed. Enterprising raccoons or squirrels will actually climb up and knock the birdfeeder around to intentionally spill more seed. A lot of bird seed gets consumed this way; in fact, it has been estimated that for every 20 pounds of bird seed a homeowner puts out, 11 pounds of it will get consumed by creatures other than birds. The danger in this is that…

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Hawk Takes Down a Squirrel

One of our technicians recently got to witness an exhibition of nature at her finest and snapped these pictures of a Coopers Hawk swooping down on a squirrel. The hawk dive-bombed the squirrel in the road right in front of our tech. The tech snapped some pics as the hawk and the squirrel wrestled momentarily before the falcon came out victorious, flying away with his prey hooked firmly in his talons. Nature is beautiful and terrifying!  

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Small Game Regulations: Check Before You Trap!

When it comes to the control of nuisance wildlife, sometimes you can get so focused on solving the problem that you can forget about the legal details of wildlife removal. The July, 2016 edition of Michigan Outdoor News “Cuffs and Collars” section reported a man was dealing with an abundance of nuisance fox squirrels. Exasperated, the man purchased some live traps and began trapping the squirrels. Over several months, he trapped and killed 40 squirrels on his property. Eventually, some neighbor made a complaint to the DNR about the man’s trapping activities. A Conservation Officer was dispatched to investigate. The CO discovered the squirrel trap and a squirrel carcass. The homeowner admitted he had been trapping the squirrels and thought it was not an issue, but what the man did not realize was that fox squirrels are classified as small game in Michigan. The trapping of fox squirrels – even…

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What is Exclusion Trapping?

What is exclusion trapping? Exclusion trapping is a type of live trapping where an animal is trapped at its point of entry into a structure. It is opposed to ground trapping, where a baited trap is simply placed on the open ground in hopes that the target animal will go into it. Exclusion trapping has several benefits: As the trap is set up so the target animal has to go through it, it does not require the use of bait that has to be replenished. In situations where there may be more than one animal in the vicinity (squirrels, for example), it also ensures that we are trapping the target animal and no other. It is ideal for situations where the animal is actually living in your roof or chimney. As we will see, it is also tremendously versatile. Examples of Exclusion Trapping Let’s take a look at some examples…

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Five Squirrels Get Tails Stuck Together

With wild animals, anything at all is possible. In this story from Indiana, we see five baby squirrels got their tails knotted together and were almost put down when attempts to untangle their tails which had become knotted seemed hopeless. However, persistence paid off and the babies were reunited with their mother this week in Michigan City, Indiana. She was waiting right at the spot where she last saw her babies when Michigan City Animal Control Officer Joshua Phillips returned the next day to set free her young. “I’m glad I took the call and saved some squirrels lives,” Phillips said. Animal Control Director Alijah Hunter said a patrol officer Monday spotted the baby squirrels on a drainage grate in a street outside Garden Estates apartments on the city’s south side with their tails entwined. Two of the squirrels had fallen through the cracks in the grate and were dangling…

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Squirrels Conquer Gas Station

It sometimes happens that the alterations we make to our natural surroundings produce unintended consequences. A resident cuts down and old tree in his yard only to find that a colony of ants that had lived in the tree has now migrated into his kitchen. The tearing down of an old barn drives bats into a neighbor’s house. Ecosystems are delicate, and when we interfere with them we do not know what we may get. A great example of this comes out of California, where a very large community of ground squirrels have take up residence at a Chevron gas station in Bakersfield – I say taken up residence, but perhaps taken over would be more accurate. According to the reports, over thirty ground squirrels have made the gas station their home. They can be seen scurrying around on the gas pumps, scampering across the parking lot and peeping down…

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