California ground squirrels are definitely adorable, especially during their youth. Ground squirrels can also be incredibly destructive, destabilizing hillsides with their extensive underground condominiums. Because of this destructive behavior, homeowners are sometimes forced to keep this animal under control. If extreme measures are necessary, we ask that it is never done with poison. There are few things worse than attempting to control rodents with rodenticides. The end result will be the poisoning of the very predators that hunt these rodents, leading to a complete collapse of the Balance of Nature.