This is an Abert’s Squirrel, common in the Rocky Mountains. I love the ears — aren’t they great?
However, one homeowner in Colorado doesn’t find them so amusing. According to the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper, he called animal control to report that an “Abert’s” was terrorizing his house.
Now, there’s no doubt that squirrels can cause lots of damage to homes, but the officers, upon hearing “Abert’s,” assumed the animal was “a bear” and promptly called the homeowner back for more info. That’s when it became apparent that the man was under no immediate threat, since even the biggest Abert’s is still far from menacing to life and limb.
But I could see why they were quick to act — as the article states “A woman in Aspen reported being slashed in the face by a bear while inside her condo early Wednesday.”
Luckily, both bears and squirrels should go into hibernation soon.