Squirrels like this one photographed in West Davis in September are constant presences in Davis neighborhoods. Anna Lynn Dayton/Courtesy photo

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Squirrel management 101 planned Tuesday

By From page A1 | November 08, 2012

Have you been seeing more squirrels in Davis in the past few years? Are you pleased to see more wildlife, concerned about potential impacts or just interested in finding out more about them?

Are you concerned about your neighbor’s efforts at managing the squirrels or are you managing without knowing the regulatory limitations?

Come to a presentation and discussion with Josh Bush, California Fish & Game representative, and John McNerney, wildlife specialist for the city of Davis, to learn more about the biology of native and introduced squirrels, what issues are associated with increased squirrel populations and possible management options.

The presentation and discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. All are welcome.

One aspect of squirrel biology is their territorial behavior, which implies that if a program is implemented to eliminate them in a particular area, others may move in to claim the territory, a news release said. This indicates that coordinated management efforts would be most effective. Benefits and challenges of a neighborhoodwide or communitywide management plan will be discussed.

Management options to be discussed — exploring the pros and cons — include reducing habitat (food, water and cover), tightening up homes, protecting vehicles, trapping and poisons. In addition, UC Davis’ experience with sterilization efforts will be discussed.

“Share your thoughts and concerns with these experts to help us all live more comfortably with our wildlife,” the release said.

Enterprise staff

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