Much to the delight of crotchety old men, squirrels are in trouble. From Virginia to Maryland and New York to Kansas acorns are disappearing and more and more squirrels are turning up skinny and with nasty habits, like tearing through garbage, bird feeders and pumpkins.

Naturalists are stumped. It could be climate change, late frosts or even heavy rainfall. All these interfere with tree pollination and acorn production, but the findings are inconclusive. Experts aren’t panicking yet, but something’s going on. So right now, it’s just wait and see.

Via The Washington Post.