Yowch. I’m quite sure that this is necessary, but it does seem rather cruel at first glance – British authorities have announced that they will be offing thousands of Grey Squirrels, in an attempt to save the endangered Red Squirrel. I only hope it has nothing to do with the fact that they’re all crack-addicts.
Biodiversity minister Jim Knight said “humane and targeted pest control” would cull greys in areas where red squirrels are being ‘squeezed out’. Most reds are confined to Scotland, Cumbria and Northumbria, the Isle of Wight and islands in Poole Harbour. They are weaker than grey squirrels, which also carry the Squirrelpox virus.