Who Created The Squirrels Plague?
The farmers accuse them of eating their fruits, but the animals could accuse them of take them out their habitat.
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MARCAVELICA, Peru - The taperiba (Spondias dulcis Parkinson) is one of the most appreciated fruits at Chira Valley and generally across Piura Region.
Although there are not updated numbers highlighting its productive
contribution, the fact is that its acid pulp is part of the local human
diet raw, juices, and ice creams, candies as well.
Not only humans
seem to appreciate it. The farmers tell that Guayaquil Squirrels
(Sciurus stramineus) also look for it, and look for it so much than
they accuse the animals of decimating the production although they do
not have sustaining numbers allowing to prove it.
squirrels are a common species in Piura Coast, the dry forest in
special, that also has known to adapt into urban environments,
particularily the few where endemic trees survive as the carob
searched any investigation that explains the possible
harmful conduct of the animal and did not find anything more
relevant than denounces, one of them launched by a
irrigators committee, beginning August 2014, that reported a similar
case in Chulucanas District (Morropón), where the rodents had a fast
with the local production of fruits and grains, what deserved them the
We also contacted specialists in Biology who said to ignore the phenomenom or to know if somebody might be tracking it.
From this point,
there is not anything rare about the behavior of a squirrel, a curious
and astute species to get its food, as much as the existents inside
National University of Piura in Castilla and University of Piura in
Piura campuses, even ambush the refreshments of the students for
stealing them or eating the residues. Inclusive one student of
the second university has celebrated it by creating its own
"Te squirrel is a mammal, so it is ontop food chain," Nature and Culture International's Biologist Paúl Viñas remembers to FACTORTIERRA.NET.
food chains are the so-called predators, the species feeding from other
species, and they have no others above them those literally eat
them. We, the vertebrates, use to be ontop such those chains.
But that does
not explain satisfactorily the voracity of the squirrels. The Nature
has a very peculiar design which allows that each species occupy
its place inside that chain, what inclusive controls the proportion of
the individuals, that can unbalance by fortuitous faccts like
natural disasters, although the balance inside an ecosystem
eventually recuperates by itself.
There are other
ffactors generating that unbalance like the intervention of te
human being. Good or bad intention, we use to act in too small
details those could unwind big-scale consequences.
At least acting
good will, there are documented cases worldwide about human
interventions to control plagues by incorporating other species, those
got to exterminate the plagues they had to attack, then turned another
one when they started to overpopulate an ecosystem they did not
We talked to the
farmers who accuse the squirrels of acting like a plague, and
asked if they remembered some fact when certain human interventtion
happened to get any benefit for their crops, and they said us not; but
remembering quite more, there is actually one episode -two
indeed- those could explain the attack to taperibas and other
those populated the carob forests at Valle de los Incas, a sector of
San Lorenzo Valley in Tambogrande District (Piura), used to be captured
when they were just babies by fruit gatherers, who transported 50 km or
35 mi to Medium Chira Valley, where Marcavelica is located.
seemed to begin when the squirrels started to reproduce. Some were
released open field, increasing the local population of
squirrels. But that increase might not unbalance the ecosystem,
in the beginning, unless we let the little animals homeless.
In the last
years, a deforestation process has been reported across Piura Coast,
and one of the most affected species is the carob, that the squirrel
uses as a shelter. If we remove it, the squirrel has to go
somewhere to live and to eat as well.
It is necessary
a scientific study that confirms this theory or set down the
sequence of events those cause the disappointment of the farmers,
and that discovers if they highly caused this situation and its
dimension as well.
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