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An interloper
« on: September 07, 2022, 11:28:04 AM »
I just saw the first black squirrel I have ever seen up here run from behind the outhouse out into the open, and then back into the trees. Yesterday I would of said they didn't exist here.
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2022, 12:01:15 PM »
Maybe he hitched a ride north with ya, thinkin' there was greener nut pastures UP north.   ;D
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Re: An interloper
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2022, 12:44:35 PM »
I've not crossed that bridge since May 28th.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2022, 01:05:32 PM »



There is a large population of them in Amherst Mass and I've seen a couple in my neck of the woods as well.

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Re: An interloper
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2022, 01:21:42 PM »
   My wife's aunt had several in her back yard in Mogadore OH not too far from Akron. I assume your black squirrel is a black phase of a Red, or what we call a pine, squirrel and not a fox squirrel. 

   I hope he/she survives and starts a new colony for you.
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Re: An interloper
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2022, 03:07:43 PM »
Only one I've ever seen was at the Ypsilanti KOA on our RV trip a few months ago, I did a double take when I saw it, weird and neat!
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2022, 09:02:06 PM »
In this area south west of Amherst I do believe there’s as many or more black ones than grey. Coming from an area that has zero I still find them neat to watch. 

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2022, 09:37:23 PM »
Gray squirrels occur black in color. Never heard of a Red/Pine Squirrel that was black. As to a black squirrel showing up where they are not known to occur, so far as I know, most any kind of mammal can be melanistic. So a black squirrel in the UP may not have origionated from another area. I've seen black woodchucks. As I understand it, black panthers are melanistic jaguars.

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2022, 09:44:27 PM »
There's a small town southeast of Duluth where they are protected, I saw more black than grey there. Every town needs some claim to fame. In the email today, BRDC just started preorder on squirrel T shirts with all our natives on it.
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2022, 12:31:12 AM »
We've had blacks and greys here for 4-5 years now. Closest I ever saw them was 20 miles  north, took a while, but they're here.
Strange, but they aren't in town yet, our woods is 1/2 mile away.

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Re: An interloper
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2022, 07:24:04 AM »
I suppose one could of hitched a ride somehow at one time, as we have more than enough at the Harrison House. We had a really cool looking one this past winter hanging out.

The most likely place for one to hitch a ride would have been in the frame of my lt30

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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2022, 06:12:37 PM »
Have 2 or more black squirrels in my back yard along with some grey squirrels daily. The blacks are a grey variety.
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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2022, 02:52:56 AM »
Have never seen any white or brown black bears here yet, but on the west coast they got'm. So one never knows when an animal shows up with different colors. ;D
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2022, 06:43:45 PM »
A Silver Bear was just caught on a game camera in the western UP.


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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2022, 07:57:40 PM »
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Would that be a silvertip bear?  Any pics of links to that catch?
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« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2022, 08:16:13 PM »
Yea! Real interested since that's where I'm at!  :)
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« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2022, 08:15:45 PM »
Yes, that's it. and in the "western U.P." I thought early reports said the eastern U.P. There are more pictures coming out now of it on Facebook. I haven't seen any follow up on it from the DNR yet though.
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