Eastern Grey Squirrel, the new terror.

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Who's gonna save the Norway rats.??
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Not me - reminds me of "Willard" and "Ben".
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Topic should be "Walter Grey, the new terror."
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There are 2 of these critters hanging out in my hood. 1 black & 1 grey. We also have a husband wife team of great horned owls who also live in the hood & can be viewed frequently in my back yard trees when I here them. Shall I wait to see if they become owl snacks or should I call the squirrel police???? Also why are they Grey squirrels & not Gray squirrels???????? :137:
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Best explanation of Gray VS Grey I've heard:


Gray is a color
Grey is a colour

Same thing.
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Ecological Disaster Unfolding Downtown

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Hello all,

it has come to my attention, by my own observation and stories told to me, that Eastern Grey squirrels have invaded Kelowna.

I was told of a large black squirrel downtown, and knowing the serious nature of such a thing I investigated.

In the large walnut trees beside the Unitarian building located at the corner of Bertram and Cawston, and neighbouring yard, I observed three grey and two black Eastern Grey squirrels. This indicates a breeding population.

The squirrels seemed to den in the conifer trees accessible by the alley parallel to Cawston across Bertram from the Unitarian building.

I would have shot them myself but I think trapping would be safer for the public. I am not able to do that as i have left the area.

People in the area have told me they only recently arrived, within a year possibly. Initially there seemed to be only a single black squirrel one person told me.

Squirrels are highly territorial and extremely aggressive, these greys will eradicate all native squirrels they encounter. If they are not eliminated the grey squirrels will supplant the local populations quite quickly, I imagine an area the size of Kelowna could see a turnover within a decade.

Our native red squirrels are half the greys size or less and pose no threat to us. The greys on the other hand will take over the areas they inhabit and act aggressively towards us, biting and stealing being common behaviours.

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I think I saw one the other day. Big black tree rats as far as I'm concerned....How does one go about trapping them
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I was given this link once to report grey squirrels. I don't know if they do anything about them, but they are tracking their movement: http://www.introsquirrel.ca/squirrel.html
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The grey squirrel will eliminate the red ones given the opportunity.
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It's certainly not a new situation and has been going on a lot longer than a year.
The downtown area is full of the black squirrels and has been since I moved back here three years ago.
I've also seen them in the upper mission and westside.

There was already a rather lengthy thread about it here if you do a search.
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The previous thread was started March 2012. Guess the OP missed it. 15 pages back:

viewtopic.php?f=23&t=39213
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Too late - see the Greys all over Pandosy area and they have also moved up into Glenmore over the past 3 years - have seen them as far up as Blair Pond off Cliffon - never saw the Reds there before though...

Plenty of DIY snare and trap info on google & heard a good CBC story a month or two back about how to cook 'tree chicken' apparenently tastes pretty decent and can't get much more local meat than from the back yard!

This might have been the guy here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/201 ... eaver.html

Unfortunatly my wife will not have a bar of it. Be curious to hear if anyone else has tried it.
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gman313 wrote:I think I saw one the other day. Big black tree rats as far as I'm concerned....How does one go about trapping them

Live traps available at Buckerfields
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looks like city hall has exposed its bias against native species again. spending on culling rabbits obviously put tax money in some peoples pockets, but feral cats that have a devastating impact on songbirds and other natives goes seemingly unchecked.
i wonder if there is any legislation requiring the requirement of sterilizing cats and keeping cats caged like i believe there is for rabbits?
it would seem the city has been aware of the invading squirrels for some time now, can anyone inform me as to what is being done about it?
i would guess the new app available from the city would be a great tool to apply in the fight against these "rats".

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