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SAN DIEGO (AP) — There are way too many squirrels on the north San Diego County coast, and they’ve lost their fear of humans.

State Parks and Recreation natural resources officer Darren Smith tells The San Diego Union-Tribune the problem is people feeding the squirrels.

Trash also provides a ready source of meals for the squirrels.

Smith says a good example is Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, where food and trash are not allowed and there are only a few squirrels.

But there’s an overpopulation of squirrels on a nearby beach where people bring food.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,