CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Squirrels are having a pretty good run in the St. Louis area. First, they are credited with being the good luck charm in the Cardinals' run to the championship. Now, a suburban St. Louis town has banned the use of air rifles to get rid of them.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Chesterfield City Council voted 6-2 Monday for an ordinance that bans the discharge of firearms or other projectiles to ward off squirrels, rodents, birds or other small animals. Violators face a fine of up to $1,000.
The ordinance was debated for months after neighbors of a former council member, Gene Schenberg, complained he was shooting squirrels with an air rifle.
Schenberg says he'll use a BB gun instead to keep his property squirrel-free.