I just saw squirrels highlighted in the second issue of the 2014 newsletter of the Virginia Natural History Society.
Style Weekly has an entire article on it you can read here:
Style Weekly: The People's Pets, The rise and fall of the squirrels that once reigned over Richmond (Apr. 29, 2014).
Both articles have a vivid account of the murder of one squirrel by a dog and the attempted murder of a dog by a brick-wielding Capitol Policeman named Mr. Eustice who apologized for only maiming the dog because "he attempted to kill it."