By Maya Rader
Last week, signs appeared on five of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village’s playgrounds telling residents not to feed squirrels within 50 feet of the playgrounds.
Since it was parents who’d been pushing for the signage, not surprisingly several parents T&V spoke with this week almost all agreed putting them up was a good idea.
At Playground 2 in Peter Cooper Village, parent Jay Smith said, “I think understanding that they’re not pets and they’re wild animals is probably the first thing.”
Neighbor Andy Ryan said he’s seen squirrels climb into strollers looking for food.
At the Stuy Town clock tower playground, parent Julie Lee said, “The squirrels here are very aggressive, so it makes sense (to have signs).”
Hildy Spak weighed in that squirrels were less aggressive where she grew up.
Noting all the feeders in ST/PCV, she continued, “It’s probably best to let them survive on their own.”
Asked for his thoughts, Craig Spak agreed that squirrels should not be fed near playgrounds, but he took a slightly different standpoint on the signs.
“I don’t think they need signs because anyone with half a brain would know if you get too close to a squirrel, it bites you and the squirrel might be rabid.”
He continued, “People shouldn’t need a sign to tell you not to feed a squirrel.”