Florida man plinks vermin with BB gun, gets visit from cops

Florida man plinks vermin with BB gun, gets visit from cops

[Ed. – Going a little soft over there in the Sunshine State.  It does seem like Floridians do a lot of complaining about their neighbors’ nonconforming relations with squirrels.  In any case, there’ll be glaciers in Key West before Floridians top this all-time classic squirrel story from Michigan.]

Melbourne police warned a resident not to stalk or hunt nuisance squirrels after he killed at least one of the scurrying creatures before taking a request to eliminate another from a neighbor.

Police received calls about 10 a.m. Sunday concerning a man with a BB gun walking in the area of St. Marks Avenue, just south of Parkway Drive. The man told police he believed the squirrels were a growing nuisance in the area, officers said.

“It’s not a call that we usually deal with. He had a problem with squirrels in his yard, and he had exterminated one, and his neighbor also had a problem with one,” Melbourne police spokesman Pete Mercaldo said.  “The neighbors were complaining about seeing him with a BB gun.”

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It was not immediately known how many squirrels the man — identified by police as the president of the neighborhood association for the area — had killed.

“We gave him a warning and told him that next time, use a professional service,” Mercaldo said.

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