PROPERTY OWNERS SEEK CITY’S AID WITH SQUIRREL PROBLEM; CAN YOU SPARE A FEW DOLLARS FOR MIKE AND IKE?
by William E. Cleary Sr.
"HELP, IT HAS BEEN A YEAR LONG STRUGGLE!"—CNBNews received the preceding request last week from a person we named John Doe because he asked to have his name withheld. He owns property on Orange Street in Gloucester City.
The row home attached to his property, 230 Orange Street, is empty.
Well, not really empty.
You see, one of those cute little tree rodents, known as a grey squirrel, along with his family, have taken up residence in 230 Orange Street, and are living like kings and queens. They have no problem entering this property as there is a large gap between the roof flashing and gutter allowing squirrels and any other varmint/rodent to access the building.
The only thing missing is a sign “Come On In! All Pests Are Welcome!
Anyone who has ever had the unfortunate run-in with squirrels in their house, knows the damage they can cause by eating electrical wires and holes in the ceiling and walls. They can cause thousands of dollars in damage in just a brief time.
Amazingly, Squirrels are to blame for about 30,000 house fires each year, causing millions of dollars in damage and even causing power outages in cities! The Grey Squirrel is notorious for their destructive chewing behavior and is found in most backyards around the country. They are known to invade houses. With their large gnawing incisors, they easily can chew large holes through wood, and anything insight is considered a chewing toy to them, including electrical wires! See squirrelsaretoblameforhousefires
The months of December and January are breeding season for squirrels. Fox and gray squirrels breed when they are 1-year-old. They breed in mid-December or early January and again in June. Young squirrels may breed only once in their first year. The gestation period is 42 to 45 days.To learn more about that cute tree rat, called a squirrel see website
John Doe said he has been complaining to the Gloucester City Housing Department since March 2014.
He didn't tell us why he wanted to remain anonymous.
According to Doe, the city took the owner of 230 Orange Street to court. The judge ordered this person to make the repairs. Doe says the property owner hired an exterminator, but the job was never finished. He further said the city never inspected the work. And, as a result, the problem has been causing him headaches ever since.
To whomever it may concern,
I sent this letter today (see below) after not receiving any help with prior actions. Please help; it has been a year long struggle!
(name withheld per request)
To Jack Lipsett, Gloucester City Administrator
I have on multiple occasions tried to get a roof repair done on the property at 232 Orange Street in Gloucester City, NJ. There are squirrels going in where the gutter meets the roof at the front of the house. In the summer, they had an exterminator out to catch some of the squirrels, but did nothing about the hole in the front of the residence. The exterminator said the roof was too steep to walk on. Since then, there have been more squirrels entering the property; I see them daily. I have put in multiple requests at the Building & Housing Department and nothing seems to get done. Our street needs this problem resolved as the squirrels are chewing their way through into each of our residences.
In the back of the house, someone used foam insulation between the roof and the flashing to try and block up another hole in the building in that area. The person didn't do a good job, plus it is unsightly.
We contacted the city administrator, along with Joseph Stecklair, head of the City Housing Office, via email on Thursday, after receiving the note from Doe. We also sent a cc: of our emails to Mayor William James. We asked both Lipsett and Stecklair for an explanation. We wanted to know why the city hasn’t answered this taxpayer’s complaint? As of this posting, we are still waiting for their reply.
HELP FEED MIKE AND IKE—Two infant bear cubs, named Mike and Ike, are recovering at the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in Pittstown, NJ, following an incident at Allamuchy State Park where the mother bear was killed by a deer hunter. The cubs, each weighing about one pound, were orphaned when the hunter stumbled onto a ground den. The female bear defended her cubs and the hunter defended himself, shooting the bear. Two cubs survived and another two were likely crushed during the altercation.
The cubs, both male, were taken to Woodlands Wildlife Refuge by a biologist from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. According to the Executive Director of the Refuge, Tracy Leaver, “Their condition was good because they weren't without mom for very long.” Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is the only bear rehabilitation facility in New Jersey. They have been working with bears for the past 18 years and are approaching 100 bear releases including these two cubs. WWR is a local charity that receives no state or federal funding and relies completely on donations. If you would like more information on how to make a donation to help feed Mike and Ike go to www.woodlandswildlife.org