From Saturday’s Boston Globe front page:
With conditions right, acorns go nuts
Bumper crop plumps up squirrels while humans duck and cover
[I]n many parts of the region this time of year, particularly this year, the sky is falling – or at least it feels that way. Hard-shelled orbs are cracking windshields, thwacking gardeners, and tripping up joggers on their daily slog.
They are also making squirrels and other rodents pleasantly plump, leading to a potential bulge in their population.
Given this year’s bountiful rains and the mysterious cycles of nature, oak trees are producing one of the region’s largest crops of acorns in memory, forcing people to run for cover or gingerly avoid what can feel like a carpet of marbles on sidewalks and backyards.
And me with two (or more) squirrels that I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to evict from my roof for three weeks with humane – I swear – traps that are essentially a Squirrel Relocation Program landing the lovable critters in Medfield or Medford or one of those M-towns.
Splendid readers of Campaign Outsider, pray for me.