As squirrels at Anderson Park in South Tampa began to wake up Tuesday, trapper Bob Smith was already on the job.
"It is just a waiting game waiting for them to wake up. The aggressive ones to come to the food," Smith said.
He sets two traps and keeps an eye out.
"I am a patient person, which in this stuff you have to be. Sometimes, it's quick, sometimes it could take five minutes or five hours," he said.
It is a waiting game. The squirrels check out the traps and bait.
"He tripped it from the outside," he pointed out with one trap.
They aren't fooled.
"They let every other squirrel in the neighborhood know something is wrong," Smith said.
Trapper Bob and his traps will be out at the park for a week trying to catch aggressive squirrels. He said once that time is up, he will release them in two areas where they will be okay adjusting to the move.
"They will have plenty of forage and plenty of open space to fit in to that environment," he said.
But, five hours into the quest, the squirrels are not falling for it.
As Bob reset his traps, the lunch crowd showed up -- both people and squirrels.
"There is one over there," pointed out Jacquie Spence.
The squirrels weren't in the mood for peanuts.
As we talked to Charlie Williams and his grandma, two squirrels attacked his peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
"Luckily I brought some more things to eat," said Kathy Williams.
They campe prepared because it was not Charley's first run in with the squirrels.
"We try to chase them away a lot," he said.
As Bob tried to lure the squirrels, Charlie's grandmother had an ideal.
"I think a better bait to catch the squirrels would be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches," she said.
Bob said he is considering it, but he did end the day with success: capturing two squirrels.
Bob said people should not worry. Once these squirrels are taken out, less aggressive squirrels will move in.
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