SANTA MONICA, California (AP) -- Officials have tried poison, gassing and euthanasia to control a breeding frenzy among squirrels in a city park here. Now, they plan to give birth control a shot.
Under a new program to start this summer, squirrels in Palisades Park will be injected with an immuno-contraceptive vaccine to stunt their sexual development.
Contraceptive vaccine! Once again , reproduction is a disease.
At least this is one population control endeavor that makes sense. Squirrels are cute, but they also carry fleas, and (unlike people) really are incapable of self-restraint.
Of course, the reason given for this measure in the CNN article is the fact that they don't want to kill them.
My alternate headline?
Santa Monican Sissys can't kill Superfluous Squirrels.
Thanks to my brother for the tip!
Edit: Some of the comments on this story by Dave Barry's readers are worth a look.