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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Grey squirrels carry the squirrelpox virus which is fatal for red squirrels.
Grey Squirrel Hunters UK has posted hundreds of snaps of dead squirrels, with details of how they were "dispatched".
This result follows two successive years of grey squirrel range expansion and provides some welcome news for the thousands of people involved in red squirrel conservation across the region.
In 1958 a schoolteacher from Rhandirmwyn reported that a pupil had reported seeing a grey squirrel, one of the first in the area.
Formby is one of the North West's red squirrel strongholds and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has urged people to continue reporting sightings of grey squirrels.
Grey squirrels carry the virus without being affected but it is deadly to reds.
Burton Magistrates granted Elliott, 58, a conditional discharge but ordered he pay pounds 1,547 costs to the RSPCA when the window cleaner admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after drowning a grey squirrel in a water butt.
The RSPCA brought the prosecution because they say that grey squirrels are not vermin.
And the grey squirrel, which was brought to this country from the US in the 19th century, out-competes its smaller red cousin for food and habitat and carries the squirrelpox virus which is fatal to our native species.
Although the native red squirrel is protected by law, it is an offence to keep a grey squirrel or to put one back into the wild.
Since the larger, more aggressive grey squirrel was introduced to Britain from the US in the 19th century, competition has caused red squirrel populations to die out in most parts of England and Wales.
curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and his former research assistant Katie Ferrell, Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide is an information-packed primer all about various species of squirrels, from the common grey squirrel to black-tailed prairie dogs to flying squirrels.