Thursday, May 17, 2007

Mother Squirrels

Mother's day was a just few days ago, and it made me think of how special and important mothers are. Unfortunately, many people forget about mothers in the animal kingdom. Once or twice a year, depending on the species, squirrels have babies seasonally. It is always a joy to see new life seeing the world for the first time, whether a human baby, a baby squirrel, or other baby animal. Squirrels can be excellent mothers.

Call me a Bambi-ist, but I believe that one of the worst tragedies in nature is when a mother animal is killed, leaving her babies helpless, hopeless orphans. Sadly, some states and counties (namely several Texas counties) have no seasonal limits on squirrel hunting. This opens the doors to irresponsible and reckless hunting. Hopefully there are enough wildlife rehabilitators to rescue orphaned baby squirrels whose mothers have been slaughtered by heartless rednecks. I have created an online petition to stop this year-round hunting, but unfortunately people on BOTH sides of the issue took it out of context, and I have no way of editing it. My intention is not to ban hunting altogether, but to protect mother animals during their nursing season.


Anonymous said...

Why would you not want to ban hunting? Hunters are people who get their rocks off by killing.
They get a sexual thrill out of taking life. YES I said sexual.
You must have the courage to call evil by its right name. It's hard to face up to certain facts but we really should.

Squirrelman said...

It's not that I don't want to ban sport hunting altogether. I do wish it would cease. Unfortunately, it is impossible to convince governments to ban hunting entirely. We can, however, speak up and at least put some limits on it.

Anonymous said...

I sure do have a problem with some squirrels in my area and dont know how to stop it. I have a BB gun, but couldnt hit the broad side of a barn if i wanted to, and i dont want to kill the squirrels, but i sure dont want them in my attic anymore chewing up the wood. Had an exterminator come out, thought i had termites, but it was squirrels in the attic and the have done 2400.00 damage so far. I live at Lake Tawakoni, any suggestions?