This squirrel season I've not seen but one. I shot it.
Even in Wabash Town, where they usually thrive, they're not near as thick as previous years.
Been hearing the coyotes pretty close, but I've heard that before and it didn't really affect the squirrel population. (The rabbit population was a different story).
I almost wonder if there was a decrease in town and the woodland critters migrated that way for scraps.
Still plenty of deer, to the point I'm thinking of popping one or a few this year to thin the home herd.
Just the squirrels, and to a point, chipmunks, have disappeared.
I'm hoping for a light dusting of snow here soon so I can track with more certainty.
It's been unseasonably warm. It's near December and still reaching into the 60s some days, so I doubt it's a food issue. Good yield from the apple tree this year too. Plenty for the squirrel, deer, and whatever else.
Figure I'll start spreading food in a clearing to see what I can come up with. Help everything through the winter, too. As I teach part-time, I can come up with all sorts of stale biscuits and such from students who work at fast-food joints. The fat content and carbs should help all the critters through the winter.
But I'm off on a tangent.
Anyone know what's happening with the squirrels? Is this countywide, Indiana-wide, or nationwide?
I'd be interested in hearing from folks in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky as well as Indiana.