Sciuridae
Sciurus niger

(fox squirrel)

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Most wildlife are pests to at least some professional, and these little thieves are no exception.  Squirrels can have severe impact on nut orchards and will eat cherry blossoms and pears in fruit orchards (Jackson, 2005).  People use a wide range of control techniques from shooting and trapping, to individually administer squirrel birth control (Krause, 2008).  Although not always possible for the unfenceable, ubiquitous animals, the best long term eradication solution would be to remove the rodent's access to a food supply.

Although stopping at one point to try unsuccessfully to bury the corn, the pictured animal finished off the whole cob before returning to its nest, probably to sleep.  It likely scavenged it from a harvested corn field adjacent the woods.  

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Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) with Corn
Works Cited:

Jackson, J. J.  (2005).  Tree Squirrels.  Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.  Retrieved November 30, 2008 from http://icwdm.org/handbook/rodents/TreeSquirrels.asp.

Krause, Sara.  (2008).  Troublesome, Non-native Squirrels Will Get Birth-control Shots.  UCDavis News & Information. Retrieved November 30, 2008, from http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=8845.

Image Location: United States, South Dakota, McCook County
Image Date: 2008NOV30
Image Species: Sciurus niger rufiventer
(EXIF Info is accurate – stamped in UTC time).

Web Page and Pictures By Hannah Leitheiser
Updated: 2009JAN01