Kicker – Bumper crop of baby chipmunks

MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: Humans may not like quarantine, but the animal world is having a heyday. 

Take New England, where chipmunks went nuts this spring gorging on a bumper crop of their favorite snacks: acorns, hickory nuts and beech nuts.

That in turn led to a bumper crop … of baby chipmunks. Cute as can be, but now they’re driving homeowners nuts!

Jody Clement lives in New Hampshire. She told WMUR  the little rodents are everywhere!

CLEMENT: They’re always along the side, going near the steps, going into any barrels, trying to get into anything they can.

Chipmunks are digging holes in gardens, tunneling under lawns, and digging up tulip bulbs. 

Sadly for the chipmunks, they are near the bottom of the food chain.  Birds of prey, snakes, foxes and raccoons take care of the problem, eventually.

Silver linings, as long as you’re not a chipmunk!

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