Raptor Perches Set to Control Squirrel Invaders

Contra Costa County (Calif.) recently put up 20 raptor perches on land in Concord and Walnut Creek to control ground squirrel population

January 4, 2010

The rampaging ground squirrel population in Contra Costa County is truly for the birds, according to agricultural officials.

The county recently put up 20 raptor perches on land in Concord and Walnut Creek where gangs of the rascally rodents have been devouring fruit trees, digging up lawns, invading homes and taking over schools.

The man-made perches are there to attract hawks, falcons and eagles in the hope that they will eat the furry mischief makers and halt their incursions into suburbia.

It is the first time a county government has attempted to control a wild rodent population by luring in predatory birds.

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Source: SF Gate