Vigilante shooters claim their sick trade is vital to the protection of endangered red squirrels by dealing with their more successful American grey cousins. Killing greys is also highly unlikely to have any effect on the number of reds, as they are now confined to only a few areas of the British Isles. According to the British Red Squirrel charity, it is estimated that grey squirrel bark stripping damage costs the UK timber industry some £14million every year. “This video appears to graphically demonstrate the suffering that occurs when a squirrel is not killed quickly and cleanly. They said: "From the 1st December, we will no longer be legally allowed to release grey squirrels or muntjac deer back into the wild. Too often the default response to a “problem” animal is simply to kill it. How To Stop Squirrels Eating Bird Food. Squirrels will feed on just about anything, including pet food, flowers, nuts and birdseed. An RSPCA spokesperson said: "We are extremely disappointed that the licences to release grey squirrels and muntjac back to the wild after rehabilitation are not being reissued. Almost 2,000 members come from across the UK and many have extremely high calibre rifles. Non-native grey squirrels are blamed for the decline in native reds and muntjac deer are accused of causing road accidents and damage to crops. Fish and Other Water Predators Good day to you madam.". 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