Tree Rats, Bushy Tails, Squacks or Nut Grabbers … whatever you want to call them … they’re still squirrels. And you either love them or you hate them. Personally, I’m “pro-squirrel”. I like robosquirrels, squirrels that can pull fire alarms and Minsk the rescued squirrel. I like them all. While they can certainly be a nuisance, particularly in large groups, it’s hard to deny that they’re cute and entertaining. Recently, the squirrels of rural upstate New York have become the center of worldwide debate.
On February 16, 2013, the Holley Fire Department will host its seventh annual “Hazzard County Squirrel Slam” fundraiser.
Each year, the fire department organizes a massive squirrel hunt (named for the fictional rural Georgia county that served as home to Bo and Luke Duke in the early 1980s television series The Dukes of Hazzard), sells tickets and hands out prizes for the best carcasses. (“Reds & grays only!" says the rules.) For a fee of ten dollars per participant, two-person teams will compete in various age groups in an effort to kill the heaviest squirrel. Prizes range from fifty to two hundred dollars and there are planned raffles throughout the course of the event awarding a variety of rifles and shotguns as prizes. Money raised by the event is traditionally used to help offset the cost of equipment used by the all-volunteer fire department. This year, however, thanks to social media like Facebook and Change.org the squirrels have many more allies.
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