There are members of my family who seem to have it in for the poor squirrel. They go to extraordinary measures to deprive them of food or otherwise discourage them from taking up residence in the yard.
One such fellow operates his own Squirrel Relocation Program whereby squirrels are trapped, given new identities, and transported to a new home where they are expected to blend with their new neighbors and keep a low profile for fear of being seen returning to their old haunt.
Other family members have a more direct approach, combining target practice with the squirrel relocation efforts.
Personally, I don’t get it. My approach with nature has always been that as long as it’s outside, it’s free to be. Once it steps into the house, all bets are off. But then again, that was before I got wind of the family in Strongsville, Ohio who called police because a squirrel had trapped them in their house.
The squirrel was desperate to get in the house, according to the residents. The squirrel kept jumping at the garage door and would run at the residents any time they opened a door.
There’s no report on whether or not the attack was provoked. Had the squirrel’s family members been slowing disappearing one by one until the poor despondent rodent simply couldn’t take it any more and snapped?
Clearly, the lesson here is to not piss off the little guys or they will unleash a 6oz can of furred fury on your butt. And if you think the neighbors talk about you now, wait until you and the family have to be rescued by police from an angry squirrel.