Eco Note

The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

Squir­rels are driv­ing New Eng­land farm­ers nutty this year. Their boom in pop­u­la­tion was prob­a­bly caused by a bumper crop of acorns and other foods, and now they’re gnaw­ing farm­ers’ pump­kins, ap­ples and corn. Of­ten, they take only one bite and move on, but farm­ers say one bite is all it takes to ruin a piece of fruit. One or­chard owner in Stan­dish, Maine, told re­porters, “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen.”

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