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September 07, 2005 (vol. 115, iss. 141) • Page Image 27

…I COMMENTARY The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - Fall 2005 -5B * Squirrel huggers SAM SINGER SAM 'S CLUB OCTOBER 14, 2004 There's a reason I shy away from the squirrels in the Diag. It…

… and God knows what sorts ┬░of squirrel-on-squirrel debauchery. The room was ravaged. Hidden under a blan- ket of empty shells, the carpet and the once- orderly food corner were barely recognizable. Other…

… traces of foul play - from my com- forter to my keyboard - spread far and wide. Squirrel pellets, the last vestiges of the lavish banquet, had been peppered about the room. How they got in was unclear. The…

… room, equipped with four walls and a ceiling, had always appeared closed off to the outside world. What mattered was that they wouldn't be coming back. No squirrel in the right mind, I was told, would…

…, and the room was rigged with metal cages and rectangular sheets of super glue. It may have looked like a war zone, but it was squirrel- proof, and we slept easy. Cut off, the invaders grew sloppier and…

… insist on coming back? So I sucked it up and did some homework. It wasn't the most interesting research, but I think I found some answers. Did you know squirrels don't hibernate? It's the truth. Much like…

… harsh winters< that make the foraging and hoarding periods,i which typically take place in mid-to-late fall,s so critical. A successful foraging season willt strongly correlate with a squirrel's capacity…

Squirrel Club. Founded in1 2002, the organization boasts a member-i ship of more than 350. It convenes weeklyt (in groups of about 50) during warm monthsi and less often over the winter, to feed on- campus…

squirrel populations.c I know what you're thinking, and you're right: the act of feeding a squirrel, in-and-of itself, isc harmless. The problem comes, however, when the process is streamlined - in this case…

…, whenc fifty kids walk around campus every weeki showering squirrels with food supplements.I Though undoubtedly well intentioned, club gatherings may have profound impacts on the- behavioral patterns of…

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