Crazed Squirrel Attacks Near
There is no evidence that Chronic Wasting Disease has spread
to squirrels, but just a few hundred
yards from the zone boundary, Whitetail.com editor, John Miglautsch,
was attacked by a slightly crazed gray squirrel.
We were hunting an hour or so west of Madison, WI. Yesterday
we scared up a nice ten point bedded with a doe and a dark horned
eight point but they are still roaming the spectacular hills,
fields and draws. We saw about a dozen deer the first day. It
was only 18 degrees the second morning. I had on my fox fur hat
(blaze orange covered of course). I was set up on a dam at the
head of a beautiful valley. There was only a slight
breeze up the valley. I heard several different squirrels, some
on the hillside to the west, some behind me to the east. After
a while, I stopped turning around as they jumped through the
leaves. Suddenly, I noticed a gray squirrel at the bottom of
the damn. He scampered up, paused, looked up at me. I was sitting
very still. He ran up and stopped right next to my left boot.
I couldn't see him except for his bushy tail. I didn't really
want him to run up my leg, so I moved my boot. He took off, leaping
right up at my face. I must have flinched a bit, he made it on
to my hat, his tail hit me in the face. One more
good jump (off my hat) and he was gone.
His behavior was not characteristic of animals with CWD. However,
it was pretty weird.
We saw over 40 deer in 2 and a half days of hunting. We got
three does but no squirrels :). Perhaps next year we'll have
to eradicate them too?