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    Only in Kalifornia

    California town to try birth control to limit squirrel population
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    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) Officials have tried poison, gassing and euthanasia to control a breeding frenzy among squirrels in a city park here. Now, they plan to give birth control a shot.
    Under a new program to start this summer, squirrels in Palisades Park will be injected with an immuno-contraceptive vaccine to stunt their sexual development.

    "We don't want to kill them if we don't have to," said Joe McGrath, the city's parks chief. "I personally like squirrels, but we also have to be receptive to the county's concerns."

    Health officials say the squirrels, which number about 1,000 in the park, pose a public health risk. They warn that the rodents are aggressive and may carry rabies or host fleas that can spread disease, such as bubonic plague.

    Since 1998, Santa Monica has been cited five times by Los Angeles County for squirrel overpopulation. But the suppression methods it has used, including euthanasia, have angered animal-loving activists.

    City officials say the infertility shots offer a diplomatic solution.

    The vaccine, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, stops ovulation and lactation in female squirrels, and testicular development in males. The shots, running $2 to $10, have no side effects such as swelling, said James Gionfriddo, a USDA wildlife biologist.

    Santa Monica would be the second city in the state, after Berkeley, to try the immunization program.

    Animal activist Catherine Rich said she supports the vaccine program but believes any health risk posed by the squirrels is overblown.

    "There is not a pressing threat of squirrels attacking people," Rich said, "so I don't know why the county is getting their panties in a bunch."

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    i havent laughed so hard in a long time.................$2-$10 bucks per shot................LMAO......

    including, the cost of a new .22 rifle.........i fugure i could half the squirrel population for oh $0.42 per squirrel and do it in 3 to 5 days.......................
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    "Panties in a bunch" isn't exactly an "elightened" thing to say... what's wrong with today's Liberals?
    Yea, BC for squirrels is retarded, expensive and usually not effective. NYC is trying dumb things like that to control Pidgeon's crapping all over Elevated Subway Stations, you breathe enough of that stuff in and it really ain't good for your health. Just zap em!
    At least on LI they have a realistic approach to controlling the explosive deer population at the airports. They shoot em.

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    What we need is little squirrel condoms. That way they won't get STD's either!

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    if they give the female birth control to the males will we have transvestite squirrels?

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    It IS California.....

    Just kidding

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    LMAO!!
    that is hilarious!!
    I could just imagine some government officials being paid to walk around in parks and forests just to make sure that the squirrels 'play it safe'

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    LMAO, I love the comments you guys have made!

    Joe McGrath said: "We don't want to kill them if we don't have to."

    Yet this is the very first sentence in the article: "Officials have tried poison, gassing and euthanasia to control a breeding frenzy among squirrels in a city park here."
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