April 6, 2010- Acreage resident Gail Bass never expected what she saw from her window five months ago. The creature perched on her bird feeder looked like a squirrel, but it was covered with tumors. "It was strange because I noticed the one and it kept getting worse,'' Bass said.
The tumors covering the squirrel varied in size and the number of tumors increased over the next three months. Then, Bass said, the cold snap came and she hasn't seen the squirrel since.
The Acreage, a pastoral community in western Palm Beach County, is the focus of a state investigation into whether a pediatric cancer cluster exists in the area. Bass wonders whether there is something making animals in The Acreage sick.