Aggressive Squirrels in Mitchell Park
Original post made by Resident w/kids on Jul 31, 2013
The boys were chasing the squirrels because the squirrels will often come down from the tree and forage in people's snack bags for chips and bread. The children often like to chase the squirrels away, for good reason. But these squirrels are very aggressive and will fight back.
Please advise your children to stay away from the squirrels.
on Jul 31, 2013 at 9:07 am
When wild animals are regularly fed by humans (either intentionally or not), the animals become aggressive around humans. Blame your neighbors and kids for encouraging the aggressive behavior. Everyone needs to store your food in animal-proof containers.
on Jul 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm
This reminds me of the super-evil squirrels at Cuesta Park in Mtn View a few years back. That story even made the Drudge Report!
Anyway, they banned food at Cuesta and I think it helped. I remember going there with my kids and a footlong sub that I was really looking forward to eating, and one of those despicable things stole my sub! After that, I self-imposed a food ban and just ate in the car.
Don't fee the squirrels is definitely right - if people were more serious about keeping food away, the problem would probably improve.
on Jul 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm
Not only will feeding a wild animal make it aggressive, if the animal is sick or rabid it will become unusually aggressive.
Definitely stay away from wild animals!