After World War One Wrapped Up Another War Against The Raccoons Began | NJ Raccoon Removal
Everything that we remember about world war one we learned from elementary school history class and big budget war films. However, it is likely that you do not remember another short lived, but government sanctioned, war that occurred at the same time as WWI. In mid 1818, during the First World War, a horticultural commissioner employed by the United States Government called on young school boys to take up arms with the intention of reducing the squirrel population.
So you may be wondering what the horticulture commissioner, George Hecke, had against squirrels. Well, it turns out that he probably never experienced a traumatic squirrel attack as a child, rather the commissioner was concerned about the degree of crop damage being done by armies of pesky squirrels.
Back in these early days squirrels were enemy number one for farmers. An estimated thirty million dollars a year was wasted as a result of the destructive squirrels, and that is nearly half a billion dollars today. Much like a real war, the government hung propaganda posters all over schools encouraging young children to procure firearms in order to shoot at squirrels in the wild–Wow! Times have changed.
Have you ever shot and killed a squirrel? Did you feel remorseful, or excited for your next meal or stuffed statue?