Aggressive Squirrels Attack Residents of New York City Neighborhood

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Micheline Frederick said there was “blood everywhere” after one of the varmints bit her arms and hands

Aggressive squirrels have terrorized a Queens, New York, neighborhood, causing some people to fear leaving their homes.

Micheline Frederick is still recovering from bite wounds after she was attacked by a squirrel in December 2020.

“You hear someone has been bitten by a squirrel, you’re like ‘Okay, you got a little nib, what’s the deal?’ But this was … this was an MMA cage match! And I lost!” Frederick told WCBS-TV.

She said the squirrel attacked her as she stood on the front stoop of her home.

“We’re wrestling in the snow and there’s blood everywhere and my fingers getting chewed and it won’t let go,” Frederick said. “Eventually, it just stopped and there I was a big bloody mess.”

A security camera image shows the squirrel hanging on to her left hand. And a photograph of the attack’s aftermath shows a bloody patch of snow in her front yard.

Several of Frederick’s neighbors have also been attacked by the rodents, including Vinati Singh’s family.

“These squirrels are aggressively going after people,” Singh said. That included her husband, who said, “He basically grabbed onto the plastic bag that I had, tried to climb up my leg. I was able to shoo them off. That was the first time. The second time was right here when I tried to get in.”

Licia Wang said she was walking up to her home when a squirrel jumped on her back and bit her arm.

“I was screaming! Crazy!” Wang said.

The victims have called the city for help, but the Department of Health has simply advised them to hire a state-licensed trapper. They did so, but so far, the traps have remained empty.

“I’m a little surprised that the city is not taking it a little more seriously considering how many people have been attacked,” Singh said.

Although squirrels rarely carry rabies, Singh said she is still getting treated for the deadly disease as a precaution.

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