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The Surprising History of Urban Squirrels

Urban squirrels are fascinating animals. They have evolved to manage city life and this evolutionary process features some remarkable facts that leave wildlife experts in awe of these furry foragers. Milwaukee is one city that has a squirrel population with a long history behind it. Unfortunately, this squirrel population also gets in the way of the human way of life. Squirrel removal, therefore, a popular service requested by Milwaukee residents.

The Origin of City squirrels

Squirrels get into some cities because they are physically brought in. This is often done in a bid to provide entertainment for city dwellers.  City planners relocate squirrels to their areas because they believe they will appear attractive to people and will amuse them. This was exactly the case in the USA in the nineteenth century when squirrels were taken from rural areas and introduced into the urban cities of Boston, Philadelphia and New York. This is known as an intentional introduction.

In some instances, squirrel populations grow in cities after pets or zoo animals escape. Over time, these animals, if they are not recaptured, reproduce and this leads to the establishment of a thriving squirrel population.

Squirrels and the Wow Factor

There are a number of things that make squirrels interesting to people. One of these is the cute little acrobatic movements that allow them to travel across utility wires. Their nuts and seeds stashing maneuvers also make them delightful to observe. They appear to glance around suspiciously to see if they are being watched before they stash their cache and also pretend to hide nuts in certain locations as a means of misleading observers.

Squirrels are surprisingly talented at finding food. They can detect food lodged as far as one foot below the snow. This is as a result of their extremely keen sense of smell. Another amazing squirrel fact is that the animals’ powerful front choppers never stop growing. In order to keep them sharp and in check they gnaw at hard objects such as wood. This is what makes them so destructive when they move into your attic.

How Squirrels Survive in the City

The presence of squirrels in cities like Milwaukee is also largely due to the ability of the animals to adapt. Squirrels in Milwaukee have adjusted their diets to accommodate the food that is available in abundance in the city. Instead of limiting their diet to the traditional nuts, seeds and fruit city squirrels extend the list of what they will eat to include fast food leftovers which includes a wide range of items.

The animals also adjust their settlement habits in order to guarantee their survival in urban conditions. They developed a love for buildings as nest sites and started to store their caches of food in inconspicuous sections of attics and garages. Some squirrels adapted to well to the city environment that they do not shy away from human interaction.

City squirrels sometimes get in the way of human lives. They intrude by moving into homes that are occupied by people and their activities inside those homes make human beings uncomfortable and unsafe.

Experts to the Rescue

Wildlife animal control teams that offer squirrel removal services will, therefore, find lots of work in cities like Milwaukee. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control offers the best squirrel removal service Milwaukee residents can find. We have a team of highly skilled and experienced wildlife technicians who will conduct a thorough evaluation of your space to determine how many squirrels are there. We will then proceed to remove the animals without harming them or damaging your space. Afterward, we offer a prevention geared service that is designed to ensure that squirrels never return to your place. With Skedaddle on the job, Milwaukee residents never have to worry about squirrel intrusion.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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