Squirrels in Esquimalt beware

Council updates bylaws to prohibit, fine residents from feeding squirrels, deer

  • Dec. 13, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Esquimalt council birthed its first bylaws Monday night that prohibit the feeding of eastern grey squirrels and deer.

Residents concerned with people intentionally putting out food that attracts hordes of the destructive critters banded together this summer, calling themselves Residents Against Troublesome Squirrels or RATS.

Those who do feed these animals can be fined $100 by township bylaw enforcement officers.

“The squirrels are going to get it,” Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins quipped at the meeting.