If you find squirrels irritating, you're not alone, but pulling out your gun isn't the way to go in the city of Macon.
James Johnson, director of Macon-Bibb Animal Control says it is illegal to discharge a firearm in the city limits without authorization.
"Bullets go through windows, they go through walls, they go through doors and like I say it's gonna go somewhere, and we have had accident with people getting hurt," said Johnson
In Bibb County you can shoot, but Chief Deputy David Davis says only on your property.
"It's illegal to fire any type of weapon, BB gun, rifle, pistol, whatever, on the property of another without their written permission," said Davis.
That includes shooting something on someone else's property, even if you're still on your own land.
Georgia's Department of Natural Resources says there are other restrictions on hunting squirrels.
Melissa Cummings with DNR says the squirrel hunting season lasts from August 25 through February 28. She says you can't shoot from within 50 yards of a public road and you may only shoot 12 squirrels a day.
Johnson says the animal control office can't do anything about the nuisance of squirrels, but it can recommend trapping companies to move them to another area.
He also says trying some things at home could get them to leave on their own.
"If you put an aluminum or metal cone around your tree, or a stand about four or five feet from the ground that'll prevent them from getting up there, they'll move on," said Johnson.
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