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Going Nuts Over Squirrels

July 29, 2007

Finally, somebody has the nerve to speak of the interminable menace that is the squirrel ("Damn Cute Menace," by David Page, June 3). Every time I grumble about finding a way to permanently eliminate our cute, furry friends you would think I had proposed taking a bazooka to Rocky the Flying Squirrel.

Rick Leddy

South Pasadena

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Six years ago my mother received an avocado tree as a gift. We planted, fed and nurtured it. After four years it finally produced baby avocados. Months later the fruit swelled into a mature size. And then the squirrels came.

From a crop of about 200 avocados, the squirrels spared us about a dozen. My father cut down the tree and my mother transformed herself into the Squirrel Lady of Reseda. Now we purchase gigantic bags of peanuts for the squirrels. The lesson we learned: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

Parker R. Gaims

Reseda

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