Squirrel hunting in the news

October 21st, 2013 by nperlut

An interesting editorial by Allan Afield in the Portland Press Herald (10/20/13) on squirrel hunting….

Squirrel milk

October 14th, 2013 by nperlut

I got a fascinating call from Sarah Rowe of SquirrelRescue in Columbus, Ga last week.  She is a squirrel rehaber.  She told me that there is only one paper describing the nutrition of squirrel milk, that this paper is from the 1970’s, and that due to changes in technology, it is out of date.  She asked if I would be willing to catch lactating squirrels, milk them (potentially with an automated rat milker), analyze the milk (pretty easy to send away to a lab) and write it up.  While this is an interesting and certainly applied question, its a bit out of my league.  If any other squirrelologists are interested please get in touch with Sarah. And let me know how it works out!

The Mother-in-law effect

October 14th, 2013 by nperlut

I can’t explain it, I know its not sound science, but our probability of catching squirrels increases every time my mother-in-law visits from Boston.  We put on two new collars when she visited last Friday.