Busch Stadium takes steps to solve squirrel problem

Friday, October 7, 2011 | 8:04 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 7, 2011

ST. LOUIS — The Busch Stadium "Rally Squirrel" might have to find a new home.

A squirrel ran onto the field during both games of the National League Division Series played there this week. On Wednesday the animal ran across home plate as Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker was hitting.

It was funny at the time, but Joe Abernathy, vice president of stadium operations, said there is a public safety issue. Also, he said, stadium officials don't want anything that interrupts play on the field.

KMOX Radio reported that seven traps have been set up to catch the squirrel or squirrels. The traps are baited with peanut butter; when a squirrel enters, a gate closes behind it. The squirrel can then be taken elsewhere.


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Allan Sharrock October 7, 2011 | 10:02 a.m.

They set seven traps. I think the only thing that is going to catch that squirrel is some high velocity lead. But good luck with the traps.

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Richard Saunders October 7, 2011 | 10:14 a.m.

Rally Squirrel, FTW!!

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mike mentor October 7, 2011 | 11:39 a.m.

Save the rally squirrel.
"Occupy" Busch !!!

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Harold Sutton October 7, 2011 | 1:11 p.m.

Squirrel and dumplins , mighty tasty!!!

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Ellis Smith October 8, 2011 | 8:10 a.m.

Those critters can be aggravating. Several years ago, here in Columbia, one decided to build a nest of leaves under the hood of a car I was leasing. The squirrel gained access from the ground below the parked car.

That might have been humorous except that the squirrel's choice of nest location was next to one of the vehicle's major electronic packages, and the squirrel managed to chew through the wiring. Damage more than $800 (mostly as labor, to sort out and reconnect wires). Good news, I had comprehensive coverage with zero deductible.

When the squirrel did the same thing a SECOND TIME, my insurance company was not amused!

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Delcia Crockett October 8, 2011 | 8:29 a.m.

@"Those critters can be aggravating."

Get you a cat. Cats can keep those squirrels up in those trees. Just make sure you get a bell put on your cat so that you can keep up with the safety and well-being of where your cat is, and when. Because there are some squirrel-ly "humans" who will try to drive you nuts as they are, if you don't be the nice one and keep the distance. So, best wishes.


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