Is someone poisoning our squirrels?
November 16, 2008 9:46 AM Subscribe
Is someone poisoning our squirrels? My wife's worried; I'm not convinced, so I thought I'd turn to metafilter.
posted by chndrcks to science & nature (17 answers total)
A few months ago we saw a squirrel die in our backyard. We had seen it act sickly on the back fence (it would crawl a few feet and stop again). Later it was in the crotch of our tree and eventually moved about 10 feet away from the tree where it died. There was no sign it had been attacked.
Today we saw another squirrel lying dead at the base of the tree.
My wife, unlike many people, loves the squirrels and bought a squirrel feeder to keep them around our yard. Now she's worried that one of our neighbors is poisoning them, and she doesn't want to attract the squirrels if she's leading them to their untimely deaths. My assumption is that they've died of old age (and for this latest one, it's been getting cold here lately).
Is there any way, short of
1) asking (which might be odd and awkward because we don't know most of our neighbors)
or 2) taking the latest in to the university extension and having an autopsy done
to determine whether these guys were poisoned? My guess is "no," but metafilter always amazes me.