Red Squirrel

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How can squirrels be an endangered species?

Because of competition from, and the introduction of disease by, the grey squirrel, imported from North America in the late 1800’s, 95% of the red squirrels in England have disappeared since 1952.  Squirrel pox kills nearly all red squirrels who contract it.

The remaining red squirrel population is mostly in Scotland, where efforts are focused on stopping the spread of squirrel pox (scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk).

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3 responses to “Red Squirrel”

  1. memadtwo says :

    Nice work. I hate squirrels around here, I call them tree rats. They are very abundant! I’ve heard about the red ones and how they are disappearing…maybe they are nicer than the ones we have here.

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  2. memadtwo says :

    all part of the ecosystem…it’s a delicate balance. They disappeared around here because of rat poison, and then I missed them. It’s not just the beautiful or cuddly species that contribute unfortunately…but I could do without the real rats, for sure.

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  3. SAVES club says :

    Reblogged this on SAVES Club.

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