I kept finding half-eaten pears laying on the ground, so I assumed that the deer were eating fallen fruit. Yesterday I was out picking up a couple of fallen fruits for the horses (and me). We just had a good storm so lots of fresh fallen fruit. So I'm standing there and this pear comes falling out of the tree and nearly beans me on the head. I look at it and it's half eaten!!! I look up and this little squirrel is just looking at me and shaking his tail!!!! So I pick up a couple of pears and lob them at him. I doubt it did much good, I'm sure he will be back. The pears are getting to be a nice size, and they are really sweet, but no where near being ripe yet. This is the first year I've had a fruit tree (just moved here in Dec) so I'm wondering if I pick them now they will go ahead and ripen indoors right? Or will they taste much better if picked ripe? How many pears can a little squirrel eat? There were at least a dozen half eaten pears under the tree. Or is he going to invite all his buddies over for dinner? The tree is loaded, so I could share with him if I didn't think I would have every squirrel in the tri-county area snacking on my pears. If I do pick them all how should I store them? I don't have a root cellar. I was going to try my hand at canning them, but they are too hard right now. I'm eating a few of them green. They are really tasty. I see why the squirrel likes them. Anyway, thanks in advance and sorry for SO many questions.