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April 13, 2009 in City
Jesse Tinsley photo

Ground squirrels sit by a burrow in Finch Arboretum in Spokane Monday, April 13, 2009. Parks officials have turned to lethal means to deal with the thriving squirrels, which eat tree roots and create walking hazards with dozens of random holes.

Jesse Tinsley photo

Doug McKay turns his head as he hits the ignition switch to blast a ground squirrel hole in Finch Arboretum in Spokane on Monday, April 13, 2009, using the Rodenator, a device that feeds propane and oxygen into squirrel holes and then detonates it.