Squirrels Force St. Paul Park to Scale Back Holiday Lights

A troop of fat, hungry squirrels has put the kibosh on a downtown St. Paul park's holiday lights display.

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The squirrels in Mears Park in St. Paul, Minn., like this one on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, are fat, bold, and accustomed to being fed by people. They have been chewing through wires on the Christmas lights, so Mears Park isn't lit up as usual this holiday season. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A troop of fat, hungry squirrels has put the kibosh on a downtown St. Paul park’s holiday lights display. Friends of Mears Park had to forego the usual display this year because squirrels chewed through the lights’ wires last year and the vendor refused to put up with the headache and cost again this year, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday. The wires, it turns out, were coated with…

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