Squirrels Were Once Strangely Absent From Our Neighborhoods | New Jersey Squirrel Control
Imagine a world with no squirrels. It is hard to do. Ever since we were all kids we have been seeing squirrels run about town, mostly in residential areas. Seeing a squirrel is such a normal part of growing up, you never really wonder why it is only squirrels you are seeing, and not, instead, badgers or something like that. Well, once upon a time, before the Europeans founded America, squirrels were even more numerous than they are now. However, as construction thrived around the United States during the middle of the nineteenth century, the squirrels started disappearing on account of us taking their habitat. After several communities became established in America, people started to miss squirrels, so efforts were made to reintroduce squirrels into human living space.
The public’s need for more squirrels was a product of the fashions of the time. At the time it was fashionable to be reminded of nature while taking leisurely strolls outside. It was commonly believed during the middle of the nineteenth century that being reminded of nature, and avoiding too much inner-city stimulation was necessary to maintain one’s good health. To this very day we still see a squirrel every time we go to the park, and they don’t make me feel like I am keeping my sanity…
Have you ever consumed a squirrel for sustenance?