Time to Trap Squirrels

I’ve created a catastrophe by taming my neighbor squirrels and I have to confess from the start, these “pet” squirrels have driven me to the brink of exasperation and to the dark thoughts of stewing them up for dinner.  I expect to see their faces chewing through my ceiling any day now or hear the fateful sound of my roof buckling because of damaged rafters.

As a survivalist, I was taught to befriend the wildlife in and around my camp or home, so that in the event of an accident I would have tame animals to hunt.  I’ve always followed this practical advice, but haven’t had to follow through until now.  Setting out to eat your friends is a lot easier to do if you’re starving to death, when you have a pantry full of home-canned clams, cougar, tuna and salmon, the task becomes almost morbid, rationalized only because you’re in the moment of ripping your hair out.  After a devastating failed attempt and two injured squirrel toes later, my heart fully took over the trapping duties and I invented the Blue Barrel Live Trap.

Say farewell to Skippy and Chippy, those adorable little red squirrels who makes your voice raise an octave to say, “Ahhh”, but let’s be fair…they’re rodents.


  1. Good going. Hope when you return from your winter get away your beautiful place will be intact!

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