Over this past Summer I have noticed more and more squirrels visiting our feeders showing up with nasty/raw wounds and punctures right above or behind their shoulders where you might expect a target shooter/sniper to aim and fire a B-B or pellet gun site to do the most damage. There are an increasing numbers of these squirrels now along with an amputee, one blinded in one eye, and one shot near an ear that is deformed with paralysis so this particular squirrel has a lop ear making him look like Yoda (Yes we call him Yoda). I know they are attacked or even eaten once in a while by other wild animals no matter how willy or fight aggressively among themselves, but this would only explain some amount of pervasive suffering here we see these days.
We feed Birds and Squirrels here alike all year round and love to watch their antics and notice their different personalities and varied looks. It has been a bleak year for acorns in our backyard ( mostly consisting of Oak Trees) for at least the past two years, so with the drought they appreciate the extra food offered and seem to mingle fine and behave with other birds and chipmunks after the same food source when feeding.
So I ask kindly to anyone taking pot shots at squirrels near the woods/slope between Western Ave and Williams St. to please find another inanimate object to test your skill at, life is tough enough for these animals and if you have to kill them for whatever reason, use a more humane caliber and better aim that will end it so they aren’t maimed for life or disabled trying to survive. Thank you