grey squirrel

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grey squirrel

a grey-furred squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, native to E North America but now widely established
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The RSPCA is concerned about the welfare of both red and grey squirrels, and believes control must not be interpreted solely as lethal control.
The Prince of Wales said that grey squirrels, thought to number up to two million in the UK, were damaging woods across the country.
Cage traps indiscriminately catch squirrels of either sex and, as it is unlawful to release a grey squirrel once it has been caught, they must be killed.
Countryside minister Jim Knight said: "Many people love grey squirrels.
The renewed interest in the animal as a culinary delicacy has led to the suggestion that grey squirrels could be controlled, and red squirrels reintroduced into many areas.
Grey squirrels are considered vermin which steal food from Britain's weaker, native red squirrels which are becoming increasingly rare.
Like most grey squirrels, they carried the deadly squirrelpox, which is lethal to red squirrels.
It aims to protect and conserve red squirrels in the North East by monitoring where they, and rival grey squirrels, are living.
The CLA's call to cull grey squirrels and deer came as the organisation launched a report setting out a strategy to revive the woodland industry in England and Wales.
A spokeswoman for the council said: "We recognise the need to cull the grey squirrel population in the hope of increasing the reds' chances of survival.
The presence of grey squirrels, introduced in 1876, is the most significant factor in the reds' decline.
The answer came the following day from my garden, of all places, where we wage an ongoing war against grey squirrels stealing all the bird food given half a chance.