they will do all the work.
So far ours is eating the stash the blue jays hide. I don't give it a chance to be on the ground, but it's a fight.
Buy a bag of raw peanuts and dole them out as you see fit. Free food should bring enough to make you wish you didn't start feeding them.
Edit: Checking my facts, it seems that Albert's Squirrel is just extirpated from some of its native range, but elsewhere it's fine.
Oh and did I forget to mention CUTE!
I think they ended up releasing them all because they didn't manage to keep them healthy : (
however truly I can't remember the whole story... I think he said they had babies and that one of them was really really tame and would cling to you like you were a tree all the time.
first you bury some pipes or containers fairly nearby the crop and allow squirrels or pack rats to fill the containers up with the nuts, seeds, whatever..he even suggests having critters harvest your wild rice.
then you steal the harvested goods leaving about 18 % for the welfare of the animal..
sounds like a plan
I, too, would like to know why someone would want to "husband" squirrels. They seems so successful on their own.
Wow. Never occurred to me to eat a squirrel. Wouldn't think there'd be much meat on it.
Wouldn't rabbit be a whole lot easier, and yield more meat? Ah well, to each his own. I have nothing but respect for people who eat what they hunt.
thankyou. i appreciate this post.
eating squirrel is a common fare. and there is meat on them. mainly all in back legs and some in front legs. good eating too. fried up with some gravey. course there isnt near the meat as there is on domesticated rabbits. but its better to eat something thats killed than not. its common around here for folks to eat squirrel brains. mainly with eggs in the AM. ive never done that. but many do.
Then there is the damage they do building nests, chewing holes in soffit and facia wood or metal.
They are rodents and their population is, to some extent, governed by the food supply.
Up the food chain from squirrels are skunks, smell; foxes/feral dogs, rabies, Parvo.
How good are the relations with the neighbours?
Not sure how eating them impacts transmission, but you have to get close enough for the fleas to bite you to skin them
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In BC we have the Red Squirrel, or in some parts the Douglas Squirrel. The Grey Squirrel (which, confusingly, can also be black) is the "invasive" species. In some places it has all but "kicked out" the native ones. Flying squirrels are nocturnal and thus not frequently seen. Apparently there are no flying squirrels here on vancouver island.
In Washington state, there are two species of Gray Squirrel - the Western Gray Squirrel is native and was listed as a threatened species in Washington in 1993; and the Eastern Gray Squirrel which was introduced from the east coast and is common in cities.
From "Washington State Recovery Plan for the Western Gray Squirrel", http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/pub.php?id=00119
The western gray squirrel was listed as a threatened species in Washington in 1993 by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, and its native oak habitat is recognized as a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Priority Habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers the western gray squirrel a “species of concern” in western Washington, and the U.S. Forest Service recognizes it as a “sensitive” species and a “management indicator species” for oak-pine communities. Washington populations of the western gray squirrel have not recovered from past reductions in their range and existing populations face significant threats to their survival. The western gray squirrel is vulnerable because of the small size and isolation of remnant populations. Major threats to the western gray squirrel in Washington include habitat loss and degradation, road-kill mortality, and disease. Populations of eastern gray squirrels, fox squirrels, California ground squirrels and wild turkeys are expanding and may compete with, and negatively impact western gray squirrel populations. Competition with eastern gray squirrels may be an important current issue for the Puget Trough population and in southwestern Klickitat County, while fox squirrels may affect western gray squirrels in portions of the Okanogan region. California ground squirrels, which became established in Washington in the 20th century, may compete with western gray squirrels in Klickitat and Yakima counties.
Habitat has been lost to urbanization and other development, particularly in the south Puget Sound area, and to catastrophic wild fires in Yakima County and the Okanogan. Conifer dominated stands of large diameter and mast-producing trees of pine and oak with interconnected crowns are particularly important in the life history of the western gray squirrel. Logging that removes the large mast-producing trees and results in evenly spaced trees with few or no canopy connections reduces habitat quality. Habitat also has been degraded by fire exclusion and historic over-grazing. In the south Puget Sound area oak woodland is being degraded by the invasion of Scot’s broom. Road-kill is a frequent source of mortality for western gray squirrels and is known to be a major source of mortality for the Puget Trough population. Notoedric mange, a disease caused by mites, periodically becomes epidemic in western gray squirrel populations and appears to be the predominant source of mortality in some years. The incidence and severity of mange epidemics appears to be related to stresses in the local population precipitated by periodic food shortages.
Bottle fed milk, then to nuts, seeds.
He, Squirrelly, was great fun. Would run up your leg and hide in your hair...and used to jump on any new guy my sisters brought around and piss on their shoulders.
The fun stopped after he hit puberty. Attacked my mom just out of the blue once. Then later I was trying to feed him some pecans out of hand and still sport a crescent shaped scar from the attempt. Guess it was a good thing I wasn't trying to feed him by holding the pecan between my lips.
They're all muscle, claws and teeth when they're piss so be aware of what you're getting into.
He hung around the property for years but we and he kept our distance.