On April 16th, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) and my office hosted a community information meeting to discuss the application of Fumitoxin and other available options for squirrel abatement in Murdock Park. The park currently has an overpopulation of ground squirrels, with numbers expected to increase due to the impending breeding season. Squirrels cause significant damage to our park turf, trees, and cemented pathways. Staff’s evaluations show that trapping and relocation are not the most effective method for abatement. The application of Fumitoxin at this time will allow staff to maintain and employ less aggressive forms in the future.
We are postponing California Ground squirrel abatement at Murdock park until Murdock-Portal school is closed for the summer. To ensure the abatement is effective, treatments will take place several times in early summer. The goal is to ensure public safety and a quality park for all to enjoy. For questions, please contact Tori O’Reilly in PRNS at tori.o’[email protected] or David Gomez in my office at [email protected].