Drive with caution and watch for baby squirrels

I'm writing to urge drivers to use caution during the spring months ahead. This is the time of year when baby squirrels are learning the ropes. They run around the streets confused and frightened when confronted with a vehicle. Slowing down and giving a honk to scare the newbies can help teach a healthy fear of the road.

— Andrew D'Onofrio
Asheville

SHARE
About Webmaster
Mountain Xpress Webmaster Follow me @MXWebTeam

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

9 thoughts on “Drive with caution and watch for baby squirrels

  1. Kirsten Payton

    I totally agree! I can recall a number of times when I actually gave a baby squirrel a talkin’ to to warn him of the dangerous roads. However, I feel it’s the parents responsibility to teach their little ones to heed caution and look both ways when crossing. Maybe the city planners can look into a “CAUTION: Squirrels at Play” sign up?

  2. Ursula

    In my high school driver’s education class my teacher yelled at me mercilessly in front of the class for slowing down the automobile so that a squirrel could cross the road. He said I was putting everyone’s life in danger. I guess the horn would have been a better option. Needless to say, I never did get my license….

  3. Dionysis

    Thanks to the letter-writer for showing concern for the other creatures that struggle to survive with man’s encroachment on virtually all habitats. In spite of snide efforts to belittle it, many will appreciate the concern you’ve expressed.

  4. UNaffiliated Voter

    My high screwl drivers education teacher gave bonus points if you hit a bird OR a squirrel!
    Ahh, the good ole days when screwls were schools!

  5. Cheshire

    If you’re driving attentively and are even passively scanning for things like children and runaway toys (balls, frisbees, etc), cyclists, pedestrians, deer, pets, etc…squirrels are easy to spot and plan for.

    I don’t like running over anything, regardless of size. I think I made it through this past decade with only 1 mar on my conscience. I’m hoping I can make it through this decade with a zero-kill count.

  6. Piffy!

    You are merely encouraging the breeding of super-squirrils that will evolve to the point where they are stronger than cars and will destroy society as we know it.

  7. travelah

    Everytime someone hits a squirrel, some poor hawk somewhere in Asheville goes to be hungry.

  8. Ken Hanke

    Everytime someone hits a squirrel, some poor hawk somewhere in Asheville goes to be hungry.

    I hadn’t realized squirrel was the primary diet of the war-lovers!

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.