Where have all the squirrels gone?

where have all the squirrels gone?

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GG has become the unofficial source for everything Fawnskin.

Since the reputation comes with intense pressure, I’ve been sweating bullets since I was recently asked the question, Where have all the squirrels gone?

Uhh, uhh…

I am a wildlife watcher but I tend not to feed wild critters except during intense snow storms when all food sources are compromised.

The critters who know that I will break my rules to help them out show up on my deck and stare pitifully through the window panes.

You remember the squirrel who would come all the way down the stairs to show me the whole peanut because he thought I was a bit thick? (If not, read squirrel negotiations.)

Now I do have some critters (like him) that keep trying to change my mind but I dislike the idea of a large rodent population on the property and tend to not want the venomous reptiles to visit since they tend to be attracted when you set up such a snake smorgasbord.

Even though I noticed abnormal behavior is some of the squirrels over a month ago, I didn’t equate it with anything too weird since squirrels tend to live short lives and often end up as predator snacks or roadkill casualties around these parts.

They looked like they were older or not feeling well and allowed me to get way too close.

They also were on the ground in the open–which tends to be a bit odd.

However, when a neighbor recently mentioned she had not seen squirrels in the neighborhood, I realized I have not either.

Then another neighbor mentioned it.

Hmm, time for investigation!

In some parts of Fawnskin the squirrels seem to being doing fine but this seems to be near the edges of the forest.

Behind the Fawnskin Post Office they are active too but they have been scarce on Brookside and on Chickasaw near the juncture on the East end of the road.

So, I called our local biologist to see if there have been any outbreaks.

Nobody seems to monitor wildlife unless they become a nuisance so it is hard to say. (It takes money to study critters–so just ponder the California budget and related mess our state and county are in.)

BUT what I learned was that there are various spells that occur in different parts of the valley at random, such as this one, and as they sweep through the valley it prompts people to call for information as to why.

Inquiring minds want to know…

One of the theories is that when there is ample food sources available within the forest, the rascally rodents head for the hills to feast and stay out late partying in their food induced frenzy.

They run, romp and tumble into the wee hours of the morning and fall asleep only to wake up to gorge again and repeat the process.

Forget going home, checking in with worried neighbors and other such considerate behavior!

Okay, okay…so I elaborated a little.

On a personal note, in the past I’ve noticed that they tend to become scarce when more predators move in.

But it is a bit early for the larger predators to cycle through the area and when that happens the coyotes tend to move into a different area too.

Come to think of it, they have been quiet enough that I’ve been listening to the waterfowl and frogs at night instead.

Hmm.

But I digress once again…

So the answer is that nobody really knows why they have been a bit scarce AND some locals report that they are doing fine in their area.

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6 Responses to “Where have all the squirrels gone?

  • 1
    Shadow's Mom
    June 9th, 2010 19:09

    Didn’t this happen last year as well? This seems familiar to me, but then again, sometimes I am living in Deb’s world.

  • 2
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    June 9th, 2010 19:16

    I was living off the hill during my recovery last year so I can’t help you with that question!

  • 3
    Christy
    June 9th, 2010 22:30

    Not only are there no squirrels but there are no chipmunks or ground squirrels either. No lizards or virtually any other ground dwelling creatures. I do find it distressing as we really do enjoy watching these creatures enjoying their daily lives. Really hope this situation is natural and not man made.

  • 4
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    June 10th, 2010 06:22

    There are a lot of active reptiles at my place but no rodents running around.

  • 5
    Squeekers
    September 9th, 2010 17:19

    I haven’t seen a squirrel in months! Suffolk county, New York. Plan on going in search of the squirrel

  • 6
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    September 10th, 2010 06:42

    There is a normal cycle for all animals where the population rises and falls. This is especially true of rodents like squirrels. You might check with some of your local agencies to see what they say about it.