Friends of squirrels in Santa Monica have reason to celebrate. City officials have just launched the first program in the country to humanely control squirrel population. Officials are partnering with local group, Animal Advocates, to educate Palisades Park visitors to not feed the squirrels, as this causes the population to grow beyond its natural numbers. In addition, the group will sterilize the rodents with immunocontraceptives. This is a welcome alternative to poisoning and killing these likeable critters, a tactic employed by many other cities to “control” squirrel populations.
Here are some cool tips from PETA on living in harmony with squirrels.