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Palo Alto man arrested for squirrel hunting

Original post made on Sep 2, 2008

A man out walking his dog early Saturday morning near Page Mill Road and Park Boulevard heard a bullet zing by his head, Police Agent Dan Ryan said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 10:37 AM

Comments (23)

Posted by Ella, a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Such barbarism! To think of all the human and canine lives that were put at risk... makes the meandering mountain lion seem like a fruitfly.


Posted by Pide Piper, a resident of Community Center
on Sep 3, 2008 at 4:34 am

Jokes aside, is there a real way to control the population of squirrels - we simply have too many of these in Palo Alto - the city is of course not doing anything about it.
BTW - this is real problem in Mt. View as well.


Posted by Where's Joe, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 3, 2008 at 6:33 am

Yes, there are too many squirrels.

I think Joe Simitian is working on a sit/lie law against squirrels at this very moment. Making life safe for Palo Altans.


Posted by Squirrely, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2008 at 8:49 am

Too many Humans in Palo Alto!!!


Posted by To: Where's Joe, a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 3, 2008 at 10:02 am

Loved your comment! I've seen an influx of squirrels in the last few years. I have seen an influx of people in the last few years. I prefer the squirrels, although lacking opposable thumbs, they're not as useful for the economy. I do prefer watching them, though.


Posted by Barack, a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 3, 2008 at 3:37 pm

He only shot at the squirells who were McCain voters. So it's OK


Posted by Moonmadness, a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm

To bad that he missed!


Posted by Hulkamania, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 3, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Don't mess with the squirrels. I've seen them gang up on cats.


Posted by cesarisking, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 3, 2008 at 10:16 pm

hmm...squirrels have more rights than a person who probably had so much damage from squirrels....too bad he got caught. This city needs to control these squirrels and they are doing nothing about it and with squirrels now attacking people in parks..when are they going to do something about it?


Posted by Leave the squirrels alone, a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 4, 2008 at 10:20 am

We share this world with wildlife, including squirrels. Leave them alone. They are simply trying to survive, just as we are.


Posted by Danny, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 4, 2008 at 10:29 am

Personally, I like squirrels. They generally keep to themselves in the trees.


Posted by ooooop, a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Sep 4, 2008 at 10:41 am

and they are polite,compared to cops


Posted by Danny, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 4, 2008 at 10:44 am

Hah! Plus, they don't carry Tasers!


Posted by #1 squirrel hater, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2008 at 11:49 am

These dam critters stole every persimmon off my tree last year. Something has to be done to eliminate these squirrels.


Posted by bill, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 4, 2008 at 7:19 pm

"He heard a bullet zing by his head" - but the shooter was aiming at a squirrel "on a telephone line". The man who heard the bullet must have been very, very tall, or the wire was six feet off the ground.


Posted by Mr. Lablondski, a resident of another community
on Sep 5, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Can't blame a man for trying to put some food on the table.


Posted by Mike, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Should have used a bigger gun with a scope


Posted by Leroy, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Was the Squirrel Black


Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Sep 5, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Anyone who has been in PA for a decade or more, and has fruit trees, has seen the squirrel population expand beyond the ability of the area to support them. 20 years ago, they weren't pests, now they eat things they never touched 20 years ago.

Like the deer in the foothills, all the natural predators are gone now, and the government won't re-introduce the predators or allow hunting.

I'm not in favor of shooting them from phone poles or telephone wires as it can damage same, but I am in favor of a responsible culling done safely with low-power firearms.

Properly trained Boy Scouts with pellet guns could bring squirrels back into balance with the environment, and also provide a valuable lesson in ecologic stewardship.




Posted by B. Badenov, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 6, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Squirrel must die!


Posted by Natasha Fatale, a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2008 at 8:23 am

Boris!
What are you doing?
Stop wasting time.
We need to get moose and squirrel,now. Darling.


Posted by Mattieu, a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2008 at 2:16 am

Nothing wrong with hunting squirrel. Must be done responseably. Cant do it in Ca. ? Move to Pa. Squirrels are super yummy in a wine sauce


Posted by Morning Comes Squirrel, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2008 at 8:15 am

Think of the possibilities! Palo Alto Squirrel Fur Coats!


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