City of Clovis looking to relocate squirrels

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – Some New Mexicans are going nuts for squirrels.

Clovis city officials say residents want more of the animals in their city parks and they have a plan to get them there, but it might not be as easy as they thought.

Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas has heard some pretty wild requests since he took the job a couple years ago, but Monday he may have heard the strangest one yet.

“Why can’t we relocate some of the squirrels to this park,” said Thomas.

During Monday night’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee meeting one city commissioner presented the idea of moving squirrels from one city park to another.

Thomas says several residents have contacted him asking if the critters could be moved from Colonial Park, where dozens are spotted everyday, to Hillcrest Park, where one hasn’t been seen in years.

Because squirrels fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Game and Fish, the city went to them with the request.

“The first response when I talked to the gentleman was why would you want to do that,” said Thomas.

Game and Fish says it’s possible, but they would likely have to issue the city some type of trapping and relocation permit.

Before it gets to that point, the city plans to investigate the pros and cons of moving the squirrels and find out if the animals can even survive in the other habitat.

The city is expected to make a final decision on relocating the squirrels in May.

They say they could start moving the animals as soon as this summer.

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