dcrane wrote:well, if they were all climbing your house and ripping out shingles and windows and hopping up on the roof looking down on you smiling while they beat their chests like lil' gorillas you might think the same way
They are not doing that though. They are gnawing a few 2x 4 in your shed.
Moth balls or powdered ammonia have been used as a repellent or add a strip to the bottom of the door.
It's the knee jerk reaction I find all too revealing in human behavior. The unwillingness to put up with the slightest intrusion to what we regard as ours. Kill it without trying other things. In China they killed off the song birds.
We probably owe our very existence to those among us in the distant past who felt a rapport with the animals they came into contact with. The deepest understanding of the evolution of human behavior has been through animal studies, not in laboratories but in the wild.
Wanton killing is the subject, not squirrels.