The Mystery of Why a Squirrel Stood 50 Pounds of Pine Cones in a Car
When checking for air conditioning noise, Moore noticed that his car’s engine bay was covered in pine cones. She immediately wanted to see them, so she and Awrey got out of the car and went under the hood to investigate the mystery. The two were able to clear out the engine bay in 45 minutes, and Moore is convinced that squirrels are responsible for the stockpile.
Keeping a keen eye out for a squirrel
The latest mystery of a Michigan town is how a squirrel managed to get 50 pounds of pinecones in a car. It happened in Gaylord, Michigan. Kellen Moore invited Awrey to look at his car and he did so, only to find a huge stash of pinecones inside the engine bay. It took Awrey 45 minutes to remove the pinecones, but he’s convinced it was a red squirrel.
The perfect snack for squirrels is pinecones. Squirrels use these cones to store them for later. Their different kinds use different methods to store their food. North American red squirrels hoard and store their food in a central location. They store them in tree cavities, under leaves, and in branch forks. Because they remember where their food was stored, they won’t move them from place to place.
Humane harassment to rid a car of a squirrel
The Michigan man who discovered 50 pounds of pine cones in his friend’s car is not the only person who has had their cars filled with the critters. A wildlife expert suspects it was a red squirrel that stowed the pine cones in the car. The man, Kellen Moore, had noticed that the pine cones had expanded due to the heat produced by the engine.
While the squirrels do not typically store their food caches underground, they often choose vehicles to store their grubs. Since the car’s interior is full of food and a squirrel’s nest is easy to reach, it’s likely they considered the car a perfect hiding spot. However, the Michigan man who had his car invaded by squirrels took action. Instead of ignoring the critters, Awrey popped the hood and let a neighboring neighbor take a look. The man opened the car’s hood and saw a massive pile of pine cones around the engine. It took two people 45 minutes to remove the pine cones from Moore’s car.
A Michigan man recently found a staggering stash of pine cones inside his car. Kellen Moore found them while checking for an air conditioning noise. Awrey was intrigued and wanted to examine the pine cones in person. They took 45 minutes to remove the pile from the engine bay. After learning that the cones were probably gathered by a squirrel, Moore decided to investigate.
Squirrels are not as smart as mice and rats, but their cuteness is enough to distract us from their pranks. During the winter, they gather acorns and pine cones and store them underground for the winter. However, they’re not always so clever about where to store their food. When squirrels stashed 50 pounds of pine cones in a car, one of them hid them in the air filter and in the back of the car.
Hide pine cones
A Michigan man found 50 pounds of pinecones inside the hood of his car. A squirrel had been hoarding the pinecones in his car. The driver had thought the cones were a nest for squirrels, but he was wrong. The squirrels had actually been storing food in his car for a long time. Kellen Moore’s Dodge Journey had about 50 pounds of pinecones under the hood.
A couple of weeks before the incident, Gaylord resident Kellen Moore noticed some odd noises coming from his engine bay. A quick search revealed that the pine cones were inside the car. After about 45 minutes of searching, Moore and his coworker Gabe Awrey had cleared the engine bay of the pine cones. The two men had no idea who was behind the strange noises. While figuring out who had left the pine cones, the two men discovered that the cones had been there for a long time.
Hide nuts in pine cones for squirrel feeding and watch your backyard come alive with chirping. These little creatures are omnivorous and will happily eat just about anything. A great source of protein, thiamine and Vitamin K, pine cones are a staple of the squirrel’s diet. In addition, they will happily eat insects and other rodents and reptiles, and fungi.
Squirrels often misplace their acorns, which is beneficial to other organisms. According to a study by the University of Richmond, seventy-four percent of squirrel-buried nuts are never recovered by the squirrels. Because of this, the oak forest will regenerate, allowing the animal to pass genetic information onto future generations. In addition, the habit of caching in a variety of locations will help squirrels remember where to find their favorite nuts.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.