squirrels in the urban ecosystem?
OK, many of us have had trouble with squirrels in gardens. May and June are the best time to trap and relocate them humanely, since their little ones are weaned, and they haven't put away food for the winter.
But that brings up a question. What exactly is the role (if any) of the grey squirrel in the urban ecosystem? I mean, we have barred owls and red tailed hawks, which I like to have around, but there are LOADS of squirrels for them to feed on. As far as I'm concerned, those birds haven't been doing their job! The role of squirrels in the forest ecosystem is significant, in burying seeds, but that's irrelevant in an urban environment. What is our urban environment losing by getting rid of squirrels?