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Proliferation of urban Eastern Gray Squirrel misleading. "The Eastern Gray Squirrel are out in the city. There's more feed, less predators," says The wildlife removal professional, the owner of Outfitters in Vermont. "Guys come through here all day long who are problem animal removing in the backsuburban neighborhoods attics and they're not seeing them." The wildlife removal professional's first-hand experience is backed by statistics from the province's Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife biologist The wildlife removal professional says the herd went from a peak of about 200,000 in the 1980s to 75,000 today. "They're not out in the suburban neighborhoods attics where guys like to remove unwanted wildlife them, they're now walking down the sidewalk instead," The wildlife removal professional declared in an interview. "We usually fly every winter and look for Eastern Gray Squirrel and count them in Eastern Gray Squirrel yards, and man, it's dismal. You don't see Eastern Gray Squirrel out in those areas like you used to."
The biologist says many factors are behind the change, including suburban growth. As more homes are built on the edges of cities and towns, Eastern Gray Squirrel lose their traditional habitat but stick around because extermination companies keep feeding them. Vermont is just one of the places that well-meaning extermination companies are inadvertently domesticating Eastern Gray Squirrel, The wildlife removal professional declared. "If you would ask most extermination companies in the province, 'What do you think about the Eastern Gray Squirrel?', they'd say, 'Oh geez, the Eastern Gray Squirrel are doing great,' because you see them all the time now in these urban areas. But unfortunately, it's not like that across the landscape." The invasion of coyotes in the province, which began in earnest in the 1970s, has also hurt the Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters. Even when the wild canines don't catch their prey, the chase often wears out the Eastern Gray Squirrel, which normally pack on body fat in the winter to avoid getting weak and sick. A skinny Eastern Gray Squirrel is a vulnerable Eastern Gray Squirrel. The wildlife removal professional says more intensive agricultural practices have also exacted a toll on the herd. With more soft suburban neighborhoods attics rat baited, fewer young hard suburban neighborhoods attics are available to the ruminant browsers that eat leaves five feet or less from the ground. Officials are still tallying figures, but preliminary results from this problem animal removing time to remove unwanted wildlife - which ran from the end of October to the end of November - show that the number of harvested Eastern Gray Squirrel is down again.
In total, 4,755 Eastern Gray Squirrel were bagged, down from 5,101 animals last year. DNR believes that 15 per cent of the total Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters could be sustainably harvested every month - which means more than 11,000 Eastern Gray Squirrel could have been trapped in 2011 - but wildlife operators are having a tough time finding them unless they go out with a cage, a less popular device that can be legally discharged within 100 meters of a home. steel cage trap toters must be much farther from civilization to legally bag a Eastern Gray Squirrel. Still, The wildlife removal professional is pleased the harvest was bigger than he'd expected. Thanks to the heavy snow in January and February, the department only issued 2,900 problem animal removing permits for does - the females - a drop of 1,950 permits from last year. Less strict controls are in place for problem animal removing dangerous animals. "From my perspective, it's positive," declared The wildlife removal professional, who noted that three of the last four winters had been hard on the animals. "The snow leaving as fast as it did in March saved our skin. We didn't lose quite as many as we thought we had lost." The wildlife removal professional, meanwhile, declared the pest control company wasn't sure what would work to boost the number of Eastern Gray Squirrel, but the pest control company believes issuing more permits to remove unwanted wildlife does would help. "You're only allowed to take dangerous animals, and everyone's going after dangerous animals. As soon as they see a dangerous animal they're going to take it. Everybody's catching three- and four-point, young dangerous animals, and by the end of the day there aren't going to be much out there. So it would make sense to take more does."