More Squirrels in Traffic

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

If you've been on the road lately, there's a good chance you've seen numerous squirrels, many of which, unfortunately, did not make it across the road.

According to the Division of Natural Resources this is the worst year for mast crop since they started keeping record back in the 1960's.

With such a huge food shortage, especially when it comes to acorns, squirrels are heading out of the forest, and right into traffic.

"They're obviously looking for food, and they're probably not going to be able to survive very long into the winter," Jeff McCrady, a wildlife biologist, said.

"There's not gonna be as many on the first day of squirrel season as there normally are, because there are so many that's being killed on the road," Jeff Ritchie, a taxidermist and hunter, said.

The mast crop shortage isn't being seen in every area, in fact, the exact opposite is being reported in northern Ohio.


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  • by Centrist Location: the hills on Oct 1, 2009 at 07:59 PM
    I live in the country, too, Roper. Your post almost contradicts itself... the squirrel population hasn't doubled, but we are seeing so many of them??? And those of you who think squirrels are predicting bad weather... I doubt that they are better at weather prediction than finding the nuts they hide each year.
  • by Les Location: Lubeck on Oct 1, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    Geico!! Everytime I see a squirrel in the road, I always think of that commercial! :) And along with what "Itsme" was saying... I have seen these poor things all over the road, not hit by cars... Just dropping out of the trees!! I thought maybe there was something in the air! Maybe I should invest in a gas mask, before I am lying beside one!?!?!?!
  • by jIM Location: pkb on Oct 1, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    How ridiclous can you get. Is there such a shortage of NEWS to report. Maybe tomorrow headlines will be watch out for skunks in rodeway........
  • by Bob Location: Ohio on Oct 1, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    In light of the present economic situation, I pray that *people* aren't next to endure the plight of these squirrels. Sometimes, what happens in nature can be a bit of a "heads up" for what humans might be about to experience. Native Americans believed strongly in "Signs" and this might sadly be a pretty clear sign of our road ahead. Squirrels are *Gatherers* and what do people do at stores? We gather things ... Think about it. With business closures, layoffs and all the rest ... there are bound to be shortages in our near future, too. Pray for PEACE!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    I wondered what was going on...went to Charleston the other day and I have never seen so many squirrels in my life. There were approx. 30 that had ran out in fromt of me and probably 50 dead on the road.
  • by ole timer Location: oh on Oct 1, 2009 at 04:50 AM
    I heard we are to have a bad winter and they are getting their food stored before it hits.
  • by Roper Location: Wadesville on Oct 1, 2009 at 04:46 AM
    Centrist, I live in the country and the squirrel population has not doubled since last year and I have seen more dead squirrles on the back roads than I ever have in my 50 years. There are tons of walnuts this year,its hickory nuts that are scarce and the squirrels are traveling to gather walnuts and crossing the roads with them and thus getting flattened on the roads.
  • by john Location: parkersburg on Sep 30, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    Maybe Geico is planning a commercial shoot in this area and it's just extras. There is definitely no shortage of nuts in wood county.
  • by Itsme! Location: Parkersburg on Sep 30, 2009 at 07:04 PM
    There is something up with the squirrels! I have seen several that seem to have just fallen out of trees and into the yard or road with not a mark on them... but still dead! I had one in my front yard... it didn't look like it was malnourished. I thought it had a heart attack in mid climb?? lol Who knew?
  • by Centrist Location: the hills on Sep 30, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    The woodland mast is not scarce everywhere. Maybe the problem is an overabundance of squirrels, which Darwin's theory is addressing daily.
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