Where Have All the Grey Squirrels Gone and Left Me With a Zillion Acorns?

I was out raking in the front yard and wondering why the squirrels hadn’t eaten more of our acorns. And then it hit me. I can’t remember the last time I saw a gray squirrel. I used to laugh at them chasing each other across telephone wires. I used to curse them as they hung upside down and raided our bird feeder.

Image by ElephantPants from Pixabay

I used to pray for their lost souls as they dashed back and forth in front of speeding cars and…. didn’t make it.

But I can’t remember when I saw one last. I see chipmunks all the time. Chipmunks who I once thought adorable and cute now dash unwelcome into cracks in our home, bringing those acorns with them, occasionally depositing them into shoes in the basement.

What has happened to all the squirrels?

Did we starve them out of existence with our clever squirrel-proof bird-feeders?

I live in Ulster County NY in the Catskill Mountains and Google doesn’t report any interesting facts about the disappearing squirrel population. Am I just imagining it? I mean if Google can’t find it, does it exist?

Alas, that I might look out the window and see such a sight as this….

instead I see piles of leaves and acorns. Acorns on the walk, acorns in the grass. When I walk the dogs I feel those acorns underfoot, pushing deep into the grass, and I think that no rake or lawnmower will be lifting them out. Will spring bring forth a bumper crop of oak trees further compounding my acorn woes?

Where have all the squirrels gone? Do you know?

Programmer by day. Author by night. As I put on running tights, I imagine I’m a superhero. Creator of Unemploymentville.com. More on me: https://bit.ly/3tITsb1

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