Discussion Topic: Is It Okay to Drown Nuisance Squirrels?

Not according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. From The Daily Record:

_A Smithville councilman admitted last month he illegally trapped squirrels [that were causing damage to his property] and drowned them at the village park.

David E. Zimmerman, 66, of 150 W. Main St., pleaded guilty to seven wildlife violations filed in Wayne County Municipal Court by Ohio Wildlife Officer Eric Ucker. Zimmerman was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $675. . . .

In a prepared statement delivered to The Daily Record, Zimmerman wrote, "After much discussion about these potential rodents, I have not encountered one person that was aware you could not exercise pest control on your own private property."

Ohio law permits the killing of squirrels only between Sept. 1 and Jan. 31._

What do you think? Should Zimmerman have been fined? [Also, do you consider a squirrel a “potential rodent” or an actual rodent?]