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Today, fox squirrels are well established in my area, although grays still
outnumber them by a wide margin.
The two species live in the same
woods but don't socialize.
Fox squirrels are found more often
in farmland woods, forest edges and
fragmented forests than large forests.
I occasionally see them feeding along
farm lanes bordered with mast-producing
hardwoods surrounded by cropland.
Such places do not look like decent
squirrel habitat, but fox squirrels inhabit
them.
In my area, fox squirrels gradually
have spread from that first hollow that
remains their stronghold.
The hollow has an open understory
in places, and that is what fox squirrels
prefer.
Those open areas, however, make
the squirrels more vulnerable to predators of all kinds, including us hunters
who can better see and still-hunt
them.
Fox and gray squirrels have different temperaments. The fox squirrel
is calmer and, at times, acts lethargic
and aloof. When climbing trees it is
not as agile as the gray. In trees and
on the ground, the fox squirrel moves
slower than the gray, and gives a
hunter more time to take a shot.
As with grays, fox squirrels bury
acorns for future use.
Collecting, burying and later digging up and eating those nuts require
the squirrels to spend a lot of time on
the ground.
That said, the last fox squirrel I saw
eating a nut was perched 20 feet up,
where a white oak tree limb grew out of
the trunk.
Although 30-some years have passed
since I sighted that first fox squirrel, I still
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consider it a new species of game animal
where I hunt.
It is always a treat to see one in the
woods.
My plan to preserve all of them ended
one morning when I shot two along with
two grays. I laid them across a log and
compared them.
The difference was obvious and
spectacular.
I'm now trying to determine how far
north the local fox squirrels have spread.
I will know they are entering new territory if they appear in my woodlot that has
been home only to grays since the 1960s.
To reach the woodlot, fox squirrels
must cross the rural road then a mountain creek.
I sure hope their numbers continue
to grow here. They certainly add some
color to the game bag.
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