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Clovis looks at moving squirrels to city park

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Relocating prairie dogs is nothing new in Clovis, but relocating squirrels is a new idea being pitched to the city.

City Commissioner Randy Crowder presented the idea at Monday’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee meeting.

Crowder said he spoke with a couple of friends who were interested in seeing if it would be feasible to move squirrels from the Colonial Park area to Hillcrest Park in order to enjoy seeing the furry critters at the city park.

Although the committee tabled the issue until its May meeting to provide more time for citizen input, City Manager Joe Thomas said he spoke with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish after he heard of the idea. The supervisor at the Roswell office said the department would have to issue a permit and oversee the relocation of squirrels in Clovis.

According to Thomas, the department would not issue a permit until late summer or early fall since the squirrels are currently in the middle of their birthing season.

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