I saw a bumper sticker today that read "Be the person that your dog thinks you are." I try to be the person the neighborhood gray squirrels think I am.
One of the first posts on the old Camp Chicago journal was about the city's efforts to control gulls at Chicago Park District beaches. According to experts, gulls are responsible for the many summer swim bans each year. They congregate at beaches to gobble up handouts and litter. Then their excrement taints the water near the shore with bacteria. A year ago, a potential solution was sending dogs to the beach each day to bark at the gulls. This would have been a catastrophe for sensitive areas like Montrose Beach, where rare shorebirds can be found during part of the year. The city is now considering using corn oil on gull eggs to control the population, the Chicago Tribune reported today.