Ground squirrel and shrub form an unlikely alliance

Pyracantha shrubs invade neighbor’s yard


GRAB AND GO—A ground squirrel clutches a handful of grass to take back to his nest at Rancho Simi Community Park in Simi Valley. Courtesy of Terry MirandaLike an abominable snowman groping for a victim in a blizzard, the pyracantha shrubs that grow through a neighbor’s 10-foot-high chain-link fence extend fluffy flower-laden branches through and over fence links.
“They’re trying to escape the neighbor’s yard and invade mine,” my friend Tiller said jokingly. He pinches his nose at the malodorous ...

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