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Steve Hamm

Insight Denton: Am I allowed to shoot the squirrels that get in my attic?

No. Squirrels are classified as a game animal, therefore shooting them is subject to state hunting laws. Although it is legal to use an airgun to harvest squirrels, says Lt. David Hildebrand of the Denton Police Department, the airgun that can do the job must propel the projectile at 600 feet per second — and that is beyond the limit for airguns used within the city limits.

Pest control companies can help you safely trap and remove the squirrels to better digs along with plugging any holes where they are getting in. Use a category search on the local Better Business Bureau website — — to help you find a reputable pest control company to do the job.

— Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

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