I've been thinking about this, especially as I've been cutting back yet another badly squirrel damaged tree today, and I'm not sure how much help greys are. From my experience squirrel damage is fairly easy to spot and I don't recall seeing any holes caused by it. The bark often tends to grow back and if the tree is lucky it carries on growing but with deformed timber. Usually the squirrels round here damage the trees each year and that causes the tree to become stunted and sometimes die. Branches do indeed fall but I've not seen any create holes in the trunks. Greys will often target younger trees preventing the tree getting to a decent size to provide good nesting habitat for birds I'd have thought.The theory is that squirrels damage trees and the eventual wound that is left creates a hole that is suitable for bird nesting rather than the squirrel digging the actual hole. This can be from stripping bark from tree limbs that then die, fall off and rip a hole in the trunk or from early trunk damage that heals badly as the tree grows and eventually rots away to leave a hole. If they kill a tree that then stands as dead wood they're enabling woodpeckers to find a suitable rotting tree to dig out their nests in. All theory as I said as it's probably very hard to point to a tree and say what originally caused the damage that lead to a hole being created.
Grey squirrels aren't snakes though; they're not known for being anything but active. Even in Winter they don't 'hibernate' for long. There is the other point too, we are an urbanised country, we can isolate pockets of woodlands, of the squirrels, and slowly clear them out. We don't really do jungles, and the grey squirrel much prefers suburbia when it gets the chance.Yes, it's an island; So is Hawaii (and yours is a much, much, much bigger island) If a species is prolific enough, it'll continue no matter what (they're still trying to control the invasive brown tree snakes in Hawaii)
If you can think of it, chances are someone has already done it...I don't think they'll ever make it onto a pub or restaurant menu
If you can think of it, chances are someone has already done it...
More likely FrenchI must have a forefather that was Chinese.
Yeah, they're mostly active here too; and yeah, their hibernation is really more of a few days nap. All that said, their breeding is best described as voracious! Maybe you can stop the population from recovering, but you're gonna have to a lot better than "decimating" them. Harvesting one out of every 10 isn't really much of a kill at all.They only breed twice in each year. Get them at the right time and you stop the population recovering and it can be slowly decimated (literally).
If the reservoir populations are culled, then those in less favourable (food and climate wise) areas where they breed in fewer numbers anyway, will clear out in time too.
But, and it's an enormous but, the reservoir areas where they breed in more than replacement sized litters, is in suburbia.
I can't speak for the species you're trying to compare it too, but from the different species of squirrels I've tried here, they all taste similar but different (if that makes sense) Larger Fox Squirrels (no longer legal to hunt) used to be a similar taste to their smaller Grey cousins but definitely meatier and tougher. Kinda like comparing rabbits to hares.Doing that is old fashined ethics. Do not waste.
I wonder if Red Squirrels taste similar?
No, I am not trolling. I have tried most meats that exist in Europe you can think of. Plus most African game. Except insects, rats, elephant, rhino.
I must have a forefather that was Chinese.
The fishing lure company, Mepps, has been paying for squirrel tails since before I was born. They used to use the hair for fly tying. Not sure if they still do or not.Their mobility is unquestioned. If you knock them down in one district, that just opens up more and unoccupied territory.
Put a financial bounty on the tails. Never worry about bag limits or population sizes. Find uses for them....
Litters of two at a time are common enough here. In suburbia three seems to be more prevalent.Yeah, they're mostly active here too; and yeah, their hibernation is really more of a few days nap. All that said, their breeding is best described as voracious! Maybe you can stop the population from recovering, but you're gonna have to a lot better than "decimating" them. Harvesting one out of every 10 isn't really much of a kill at all.
Practical manIf i see ten squirrels i'm not leaving nine of em!!!