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post #1 of 21
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I was taking my nightly walk in the neighborhood park last night, feeding the squirrels as I usually do, when some old bat taps me on the shoulder and says not to feed the squirrels, it's against the rules! I replied that I don't want to see them starve, she replied that no one in ths country starves! (That's a rant in itself). I also told her that people feed the animals, ride bikes and rollerskate in this park all the time, she says she knows that, it is all against the rules and if she sees me feeding the squirrels again she will call the police!! Really don't people have anything better to do. Anyway had to get that out of my system and yes I will be back in the park tonight to feed the squirrels, old bat be darned!
post #2 of 21
Wow, how frustrating : ( Hopefully she'll go harrass someone else and leave you alone!
post #3 of 21
Unless there is a signed posted somewhere that specifcally says, DON'T FEED THE SQUIRRELS I wouldn't worry about it to much..
Some people just like to be annoying and stir the pot, hopefully she will be on to something else soon enough.
Personally I think the police would have a few choice words to say to her if she called them over something like "Oh my god, this person is in a public park feeding the Squirrels"
post #4 of 21
Unless theres a big rule about it forget her , nosey cow
Jess x
post #5 of 21
That old hag needs to seriously get a life. What could feeding some squirrels possibly harm?
post #6 of 21
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Some people just like to be annoying and stir the pot, hopefully she will be on to something else soon enough.

Some peeps are so miserable with their own lives that the derive pleasure from trying to make others' miserable, too. And some peeps have no heart for animals..

Just ignore her, and continue feeding the poor things. If she sees that she hasn't managed to scare you any, it'll tick her off even more.
post #7 of 21
Let her call the police. I guess they've caught all the killers, muggers, rapists, burglars, car thieves, etc., and have plenty of time to start ridding society of the illicit squirrel feeder menace.
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Let her call the police. I guess they've caught all the killers, muggers, rapists, burglars, car thieves, etc., and have plenty of time to start ridding society of the illicit squirrel feeder menace.
Exactly!
post #9 of 21
Gray squirrels are an introduced species in the US and responsible for the low populations of native squirrel species as they take over their former territories, but feeding them will hardly change that issue, and I have never heard of any municipality with laws against it.
It's not at all like the issues when Canada Geese are fed.

Let the old hag call the police, the most they're likely to do is give you a warning, and that's only provided that there is a law against feeding them.



ETA: Sorry, it's the red squirrel that's introduced, though they do look similar.
Doesn't matter though, it's still none of her business!
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Let her call the police. I guess they've caught all the killers, muggers, rapists, burglars, car thieves, etc., and have plenty of time to start ridding society of the illicit squirrel feeder menace.
Eloquent, as usual, Mike!

Oh, and Arlyn -- I saw some Canada geese this morning on my way to work! They were flying not more than 30 feet high, crossing my path in a residential area... so beauuutiful!
post #11 of 21
Yes, they are gorgeous, I just hate seeing them get sedentary and stop migrating because they're being fed.
Not to mention the mess they make in the parks
post #12 of 21
My guess is the old 'bat' has no one and nothing better to occupy her time, so she pesters people in the park.

I feed squirrels in my own home, but not in the park... They're smart and if they get too brave I've seen them run up someone's leg to try to plunder pockets.
post #13 of 21
Maybe she was hungry. You should have offered her some too Maybe take her a sandwich tonight That might keep her quiet.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Let her call the police. I guess they've caught all the killers, muggers, rapists, burglars, car thieves, etc., and have plenty of time to start ridding society of the illicit squirrel feeder menace.
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Maybe she was hungry. You should have offered her some too Maybe take her a sandwich tonight That might keep her quiet.
I think the police have better things to do. Make the her a peanut butter sandwich . If she isn't there the squirrels will love it
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Let her call the police. I guess they've caught all the killers, muggers, rapists, burglars, car thieves, etc., and have plenty of time to start ridding society of the illicit squirrel feeder menace.
you have such a way w/words, Mike!
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Let her call the police. I guess they've caught all the killers, muggers, rapists, burglars, car thieves, etc., and have plenty of time to start ridding society of the illicit squirrel feeder menace.

She ought to be ashamed of herself for committing such a crime.

You're funny, Mike. I wish I could have met you!
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Maybe she was hungry. You should have offered her some too Maybe take her a sandwich tonight That might keep her quiet.
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Originally Posted by mbjerkness View Post
Make the her a peanut butter sandwich . If she isn't there the squirrels will love it



You guys are hilarious! I needed a good laugh, after yesterday's tension!
post #18 of 21
Squirrels are pretty good on finding food sources esp this time of year.

I recently posted a free offer on craigslist for my black walnuts as I go morning and night to get them before the squirrels. Alas I do see the squirrels making sorties in my yard despite my best efforts.

A person who came Sunday night to pick up my current harvest wants to attract squirrels to his yard!! I informed him one of my weed problems is from the squirrels planting the nuts in my perennial beds and having to yank out the tree seedlings.
I was astounded when he said he didn't know that the squirrels planted the nuts and trees would germinate from them!!
post #19 of 21
Well, considering how many squirrels I see in my neighborhood, I don't necessarily go around feeding them...they are pesty critters, that destroy trash, chew cables and cords, and carry fleas, and can harbor other illnesses that my pets can contract. When habitating cities, and few by human hands, they learn not to fear them and can really become bothersome, in the sense that who wants a squirrel invading a picnic, or sun bath? They can be really nippy too, if you don't give them what they want, and if you're a little kid, that bite can be severe; they are wild animals (who know how to forage and fend for themselves); they're not 'pets'. They can also put up quite a fight if kitties try to tangle with them...If you live on a farm, you know how much damage they can cause to crops and gardens (been there too, as I grew up on one).

I don't kill them, so don't hear me say that, but I don't try to help them populate anymore than they already do on their own!
post #20 of 21
I know how you feel. I hate it when people get all up in my stuff.
post #21 of 21
I'd ignore her as well. They have to eat so someone has to help them find food
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