Another dispatch from my former home city of Montreal: This one has to do with the city’s squirrels, which are apparently harassing park visitors.
News reports tell of squirrels stalking people and even leaping into baby strollers and snatching food from toddlers’ hands! Of course, this is the season when squirrels, which do not have the luxury of hibernation, must fatten up in preparation for Montreal’s brutal winter. In places where people feed them, they rely largely on handouts, as well as whatever they can get from the trash bins.
Some municipalities such as Westmount have passed laws prohibiting the feeding of all wildlife. One man was fined more than $400 for feeding a squirrel in one of the city’s parks!
Deep down in our hearts, we all know that feeding squirrels only makes them dependent on us for handouts, and that the more humans feed them, the bolder they become. Needless to say, I remained a mere observer on my recent visit. Those fines were enough to deter me!