I've killed plenty of critters up close and personal. That's not the point. I do NOT take pot shots at animals. I've NEVER had even one get away wounded. My concern is that an animal or bird be killed quickly, minimizing it's suffering. I know squirrels are cute. They have 2 breeding periods a year, have big litters and there's just too many in some places. Too many times I've had them take my fruit just as it ripens. They get all the nuts most years. There's just too many of them. I should get to have some of the food I grow too, dangit. And the squirrels' natural enemies are not abundant enough to do the job. People used to eat squirrels which kept the numbers down too. THAT doesn't happen anymore either. We're over-run with them. I pretty much leave them alone when they're NOT attacking my fruit. Humans are the dominant species on Earth, and I get a say in what goes on on MY PROPERTY.