Squirrels raising families in wrong Queens co-op

TRD New York /
Apr.April 16, 2012 12:00 PM

Vandals have targeted a Queens co-op, but these ravagers are not teens who are looking for a thrill. Instead, they’re four-legged furry creatures. More specifically, the New York Post reported, they’re sex-happy grey squirrels. During their late-winter mating season, the Post said, they look for safe nesting areas. Late winter this year, it seems, they targeted the Glen Oaks Village, at 70-33 260th Street in Queens Village.

Residents complained that squirrels nested inside apartments, inside the hoods of cars, even on a second-story back patio, where a litter lived inside of a chewed-up chair cushion. Effects of the nesting range from surprise by sight to cut electrical wires in cars. According to the Post, six maintenance vehicles required new wiring due to the “squirrel damage.”

Efforts at trapping and relocating them proved fruitless, as the squirrels keep coming back.

“The squirrels in this neighborhood are the most arrogant,” said Rita Berger, whose back porch was taken over by the squirrel litter, to the Post. “They look at you like, ‘What are you going to do about it?’”

A Glen Oaks Village spokesperson was not immediately available to comment to The Real Deal[Post]

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