Squirrels denuding fruit from persimmon tree
Just saw today's Oregonian column regarding squirrels eating freshly planted vegetables and wondered if you have some suggestions for how I might deal with a pack of squirrels that last year stripped every persimmon from my tree. I hadn't picked any because the fruit was still more than a week or so from being ripe. Thanks
“Metal collars [or squirrel baffles] can be used to encircle trees and poles to prevent squirrel travel. Collars should be at least 2 feet wide and placed 6 to 8 feet above the ground. Collar edges should be overlapped and connected by springs to allow for tree growth.” (See Control of Tree Squirrel Damage: https://wildlife.unl.edu/pdfs/control-tree-squirrel-damage.pdf) Make certain no “detours” are available, things such as branches, bird feeders, or structures which could potentially serve as a bridge to and from the tree.
You may trap a squirrel on your property but you can’t transport it and, then, release it elsewhere. The reasons: It’s possible to spread disease and you may relocate the animal to an unfamiliar environment where it will die of starvation, disease, or territorial squabbles.
If you’re considering trapping, I suggest you first consult with, and perhaps hire, ODA permitted Wildlife Control Operators; a list (and related information) is available at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/license_permits_apps/wildlife_control_operator_contacts.asp.You may find additional insights in “Living with Wildlife: Tree Squirrels” at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/docs/TreeSquirrels.pdf