we quote from a Plymouth reader who described the I’m A Squirrel In A Human Costume Novelty Shirt “odd-looking squirrels” as: “They are brown and rather ugly, with a longer, even longer body, no bushy tail and legs. later gray. Ugly brown squirrels and red ones seem to match well … and the brown squirrel population has not decreased in number. They ‘slide’ along the ground, lying flat repeatedly with all four limbs outstretched, and while both are on the grass, they play together like a pair of kittens. They jump from a stationary position into the air, legs straight, go down and pounce on another squirrel, tumble and roll, jump more, etc. Quite a performance! I hope you can enlighten us about this brown squirrel which now appears to be growing in number, unfortunately. ”
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Unfortunately, I was unable to identify the “ugly brown” squirrel as described and so I turned to our readers their thoughts. In response we receive the following:
From Brookfield: “I am an old lady and have lived for a long time near the edge of the woods. From what this reader describes, I think she might have a weasel family name. If she observes weasels, she will see that they are reddish-brown, do not bushy tails, have a blinking behavior, are very playful, are highly intelligent and will scare away squirrels. I suggest that before she does anything about the problem, she contacted the I’m A Squirrel In A Human Costume Novelty Shirt state to find out if they were protected species. I greatly admire these members of the mink family ”.
For our readers’ information, when I checked with the Fish & Games Division, I found that weasels can be picked up in Coos County from 20 October to 31 December. March 1 to March 31 at Coos; in Carroll County, October 20 through March 20; and in Grafton County, October 20 to April 10. In the remaining counties, weasels can be obtained from November 1 to April 10.
Also from Brookfield: “Do you think they could be a pair of pine martins? I’m A Squirrel In A Human Costume Novelty ShirtThis would explain the reduced number of gray squirrels, which can be easily caught by the nimble pine beetles. Gray squirrels are much easier to catch than red squirrels. And that kind of animals, including weasels and fish, are very playful. A neighbor used to keep a few young fish until they got older and they were extremely active – like acrobats and teasing. Just a thought. Normally pine martins would not reside in someone’s yard as they were often shy, but they probably couldn’t resist such an elegant buffet, not the seeds but the squirrels that were attracted to them. And unexpectedly at night the rats went to remove the fallen seeds, and the birds were missing.
From Tuftonboro Center: “I believe that the ‘ugly brown squirrels’ are the least weasels. They are the smallest of the weasel family and according to the encyclopedia, are the smallest living carnivores known as’ Nemesis of Nature’s Little People.