Warden saves some nutty squirrels

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Four squirrels had their tails tangled together by Norway Lake last week.
Four squirrels had their tails tangled together by Norway Lake last week.

By Ann Wood

NORWAY—Robert Pasireb and Aurora Millwald had never seen anything like it. The tails of four young squirrels were tangled together outside of their home on Lake Pennesseewassee in Norway. Fearing the squirrels would die that way, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, they called Maine Game Warden Tim Coombs, who was on-site in about 30 minutes. Upon seeing the squirrels, he was equally confused.

“I don’t really know how they did it,” Coombs said last week.

Coombs captured the squirrels with a catch pole and net and brought them to an unpopulated area by the Norway/Waterford line. As he held the squirrels down with the net, he pulled out the sticks that were locking their tails together with the catch pole. The tails then untangled by themselves, he said, and off they scurried—minus a little tail fur.

“I’ve never seen anything like that but they came out nicely,” Coombs said.