Thursday, July 11, 2019

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Eastern Gray Squirrels greeted our arrival in Olympia. This image was taken on 29 March 2019. Western Gray Squirrels do exist, but they are a threatened species now found only in three areas of Washington associated with oak woodlands and pine/fir forests. The western squirrels suffered from fire suppression and consequent loss of oak forests, urban development, and commercial forestry practices.

Eastern squirrels, told by the brown color on their heads, were introduced to Washington and other parts of western North America in the early 1900s. They are now the most common tree squirrels in many urban areas (Wikipedia). Eastern Gray Squirrels are also introduced to parts of Europe, South Africa, and elsewhere around the world.

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