Believe it or not, there was once a Field & Stream editor who had a morbid fear of squirrels. I used to ask to her: “What the hell is a squirrel going to do to you?”
From The Ann Arbor Press:
[A] 52-year-old Detroit Public School teacher was with a group of students touring the [University of Michigan] campus . . . when she . . . noticed [a] mother squirrel appeared to have left behind one of her babies . . . . When . . . the woman tried to alert the mother squirrel about the left behind baby . . ., the mother squirrel . . . attacked and either scratched or bit the teacher on her leg.