Wednesday, July 25, 2018

And then there were none?

It seems like squirrels have been disappearing. Just looking back at my  mid-July post, when there were so many around, it's now an empty landscape by comparison. I can't figure out what's going on. They made it through the harsh winter (with my help, I like to think), and now that it's finally nice weather, there are not many around to enjoy it.
The Other Mother

This is the "other mother" who has now also disappeared in addition to the orange mother. She's the other squirrel that I'd grown fond of over the winter. She was pregnant or nursing at the time, and would go crazy if she missed me for a day and missed a meal. She was a little terror. She'd tear holes in my bags until I taught her not to.  And she'd be constantly grabbing nuts and burying them for later. She was very intelligent, and also very aggressive, but she paid attention and learned, and we bonded. I'm always especially aware of the needs of mothers and the mother squirrels seem to respond to that with appreciation.

But now she hasn't shown up for a couple of days, and I'm saddened by the thought that something has happened to her. First I lost the orange queen and now the black queen?

There have been rumors of squirrels being poisoned. At first I rejected the idea because all "my" squirrels were doing well. But I was told that someone had actually brought a few dead squirrels to a vet and had them autopsied, and that poison was found. 
I tend not to think management would have anything to do with disappearing squirrels, and I've spoken to a few residents who agree, saying that they are quite transparent about what goes on around there. That's good to know. But it's scary to think that there might actually be residents who would poison the little creatures. There are quite a few people around here who dislike the squirrels, and do not like to see anyone feeding them. But would they go so far as to hurt squirrels? I find that hard to believe. And yet, in the space of two weeks it seems that I've lost two of my main squirrels!  A lot of the other squirrels seem to have gone missing as well.


  1. Are you in Stuytown? I am and I've seen a mother squirrel with that same patch of skin missing for several months. I haven't seen her in a week or two.
    Additionally I found a dying squirrel and contacted a squirrel rescuer through St. Mark's Veterinary Clinic this morning. He came right away and tended to her and took her to care for her. He believes she was poisoned.

  2. I'm at Peter Cooper Village. If the vet thinks the squirrel was poisoned he should do an autopsy. If so, I would like to hear the results. At this point I tend to think that the squirrels have been having a rough time with the heat. The ones I watch seem to be behaving better now that the weather has cooled down some. But their ranks have certainly thinned this summer.