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April 26, 2011 > Vt. neighborhood suffering squirrel attacks

Vt. neighborhood suffering squirrel attacks

Submitted By AP Wire Service

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP), Mar 16 - A southern Vermont neighborhood is being stalked by a renegade gray squirrel.

A number of people on Bennington's East Street say they've been attacked by a squirrel over the last few weeks.

Kevin McDonald tells the Bennington Banner he was shoveling when the squirrel jumped onto him. He says he threw the animal off, but it twice jumped back onto him.

A game warden says there have been similar reports from the area. One woman is being treated for exposure to rabies.

But Vermont Public Health Veterinarian Robert Johnson says there's never been a case of a squirrel passing rabies to a human.

Johnson says it's possible the squirrel was raised by people and lost its fear of humans. He says squirrels then ``go ballistic because it's not their human.''

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Information from: Bennington Banner,
http://www.benningtonbanner.com

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