California Schoolchildren and the Great Squirrel War

Ridiculous History

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California Schoolchildren and the Great Squirrel War

Tuesday, 26 March

In 1918, as the planet was consumed by World War I, the government of California found itself combating an unexpected and catastrophic enemy: Ground squirrels. The rodents were wreaking havoc across the countryside, consuming crops left and right. State horticulture commissioner George H. Hecke proposed an unorthodox solution -- enlist schoolchildren in a statewide massacre of all ground squirrels. Oddly enough, it worked. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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