The squirrels have eaten my newly planted lettuce and spinach starts, climb / jump over the squirrel baffel on my birdfeeders, eat birdseed from my “squirrel-proof” feeders, and even eat the suet with cayenne pepper. Enough is enough!!! What can I legally do to get rid of them? Can I shoot them with a BB or pellet gun? Thanks for your help!
Multnomah County Oregon
Squirrels are tough pests in urban areas with well-established populations.
Here is a fact sheet from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which provides a good background for the situation: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/docs/TreeSquirrels.pdf
Removing your bird feeder will help keep them from coming to your site.
To protect your veggies, consider using a protective cage made chicken wire, hardware cloth, or row cover fabric. Once the veggie starts are established , the squirrels probably will not damage the plants. They will go after fruit like strawberries and tree fruits.
In terms of shooting them with an air gun, that is not a recommended practice for urban areas. Focus on protecting your plants.