One sneaky squirrel discovered that petty theft is a slippery slope.
After having a rock squirrel steal pounds of seed from their bird feeder, Robert and Nancy Krampf devised a simple deterrent by adding Vaseline to the feeder's pole.While we feel bad for the poor guy after watching his somewhat Sisyphean attempts to climb the pole, Robert Krampf writes to assure everyone:
For anyone who is concerned about the squirrel, he still raids our other two feeders and the vegetable garden. The tiny amount of Vaseline used is non-toxic, the kind used for lip balm. He quickly learned that this feeder was not worth the trouble, so we have not put more on the pole, and the birds are delighted to actually get some of the bird seed.