Fox and gray squirrels often come into conflict with humans when they take up residence in an attic, eaves or walls of a house. Squirrels sometimes cause damage by gnawing and removing bark or fruits from valuable fruit and nut producing trees, ornamental trees and shrubbery or by feeding on corn, tomatoes, strawberries and other seeds or mature fruits in the garden.

Tree squirrels are the number one game animals pursued by Kentucky sportsmen, but they are protected by Kentucky law. If you are a property owner within Kentucky, squirrels fall under K.R.S. 150.170 which allows you to protect yourself or property from damage from wildlife (excluding federally protected species) at any point in the year.