Photographs by Hector Garcia-Molina.
A squirrel which can be
captured with a stick and an empty garbage can is no match for a hungry cat. It lived with me for 14
days, and was then transfered to a protected cage outside. After two days in the outside cage, the cage
door was left open. The squirrel immediately went off to find a new nesting location, but continued
to come back for food for a few weeks. Each week the amount of supplied food was decreased, and by the
end, he was no longer interested in the supplied pellets.
I owe this success story to the brief amount
of time he spent here in captivity. Another week and he would have never left the cage. If I had
to do it again, I wouldn't handle the animal. I like to preserve wildlife, but it was so
painfully tempting to hand him that first apple slice. Perhaps the next squirrel will be fed by
a spray-painted elmo puppet.