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Updated on November 16, 2016

The Black Squirrels of Westfield, MA

The black squirrel is a melanistic subgroup of the eastern grey squirrel. As a melanistic variety of the Grey Squirrel, individual black squirrels can exist wherever Gray Squirrels live. The black subgroup is particularly abundant in the northern part of the Eastern Grey's range. This may be due to the significantly increased cold tolerance of black individuals. Large natural populations of black squirrels can be found throughout Ontario, and in several parts of Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio. Populations of grey squirrels in which the black subgroup is dominant can be found in these four areas as well as in smaller enclaves in New Jersey, Illinois, and Connecticut.

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Westfield, MA Black Squirrel

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Black Squirrel History & Facts

  • 10 London, Ontario Canada Black Squirrels were exported to Kent State University in 1961. Today they own the campus and the squirrels have been spotted in places such as: Warren, Cleveland, Barberton, Akron, and Canton.
  • Ontario Black squirrels have been exported to the United States 4 times - in 1902, 1906 and twice in 1961.
  • Black squirrels represent 1 out of 10,000 squirrels in North America. By North American standards this makes them rare.
  • Most Americans have never seen a Black Squirrel.
  • Japanese tourists flock to Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto to photograph the Black Squirrels there.
  • Many children, seniors, and baby boomers are fans of Black Squirrels.
  • The Black Squirrels in Victoria Park London, Ontario Canada are live tourist attractions with no admission
  • The Black Squirrels that roam the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C. are descendants of 18 Black Squirrels exported from Ontario in 1902 and 1906.

© 2005 The Washington Post

Black Squirrels in Westfield, Massachusetts

"A Westfield phenomenon since the late 1940s, the black squirrels now populate most areas of the city and have moved into surrounding communities. Because they are not indigenous to Western Massachusetts, the presence of the squirrels has led to a rather large collection of stories and tall tales as to how they got here, when, and perhaps most important, why? They were a gift to Frank Stanley Beveridge, the founder of The Stanley Park of Westfield, Inc. and Stanhome Inc., from former Stanhome Inc., sales manager's, Hubert L. Worell and Alvah (Al) Elzerman. In 1948, Worell and Elserman brought the squirrels from Michigan to Westfield, Massachusetts when they were to attend a conference here at Stanhome Inc., or known at that time as Stanley Home Products. The first arrivals were kept in cages and did not adapt well to their new environment; they failed to reproduce and eventually died. Undaunted, Worell and Elserman tried again, this time bringing six squirrels, allowing them to roam free in the confines of the park. The squirrels found their new surroundings and their freedom to their liking, and were soon an established tenant of Westfield. Now black squirrels are to be found all over the Pioneer Valley and are numerous especially in the park."

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Region's Black Squirrels Offer Genetics Lesson

By Stan Freeman of the Springfield Republican

While gray and red squirrels are distinct species, black squirrels are not, said John E. McDonald, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Northeast division.

"A lot of people think of them as a separate species from the gray squirrel. But they are gray squirrels, only a different color phase," he said.

Photo by David Molnar/The Republican Homer G. Perkins, who was on the board of directors of Stanley Park in Westfield for more than 50 years, holds a photograph of the park's carillon.

Gray and black squirrels do mate, said Marion E. Larson, a wildlife biologist with the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. The offspring can be either gray or black, and when two grays mate, the offspring can occasionally be black.

"And two black squirrels could produce black or gray colored squirrels," she said.

So why haven't black squirrels become as common as their gray cousins in this area? One reason is that the gene for black fur is recessive, meaning that it takes an uncommon pairing of parents to produce a coat of that color, Larson said.

As with all animals, including human beings, the features of the offspring are determined by the genes of the parents. A child gets genes from both its mother and father, and in some of those pairings of genes, one gene may be dominant, meaning it's the one that determines the feature, while another may be recessive, meaning that it gives way to the dominant gene. Only when two recessive genes are paired will the feature coded by that gene show up in the offspring. So it takes getting that recessive gene from both parents for the fur to be black. If either gene is the dominant gray gene, the fur will be gray.

Article excerpt via MassLive.com

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Very interesting! Even though I am into wildlife and have paid attention to the squirrels at the bird feeder and in parks I had never heard of Black Squirrels before Squidoo. The next time I am in Westfield, Ma. I will be sure to look for them.

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      Please consider joining the A Walk in the Woods Group as I am sure that some of the Black Squirrels also live in the woods..

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      How very interesting! You have such a nice touch with the camera.

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I have never seen a black squirrel and I didn't know they existed up until now. We get a lot of grey squirrels where we live.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great Information I didn't know!

      Black Squirrels in our backyard are a major source of entertainment in the winter months here in Southern Ontario. They sit on our outdoor furniture and stare into the house.

      Unfortunately they've developed a mange in the past few years so it's not uncommon to see some of them naked from the waist up. And yet, they survive the cold.

      I found your lens looking for information on the Golden Mantel Squirrel we think we spotted in the driveway a week or so back. We live in the Niagara area, Canadian side, and this little guy is supposed to be a west coast squirrel. At first we thought it was a chipmunk which we have quite a few of.

      Still looking into this and perhaps we'll see him again. Just hope the local fox doesn't get him!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i have seen many black squrrels in omaha neb. and cedar rapids iowa

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      We have some very dark colored squirrels around here (Chicago suburbs)--not sure if they're officially black squirrels, but they sure look it. Interesting lens!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Weird. I can't say that I've seen any black squirrels here on the south shore of Mass, or that these even existed before reading this. Interesting, I'll keep a look out. Squid Angel blessed!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We live in Northwestern CT and spotted a black squirrell in our yard just the other day. I thought that it was not a good sign like an omen or something GOD forbid then I thought it was a skunk until he turned around and didn't have a white strip

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      eccles1 7 years ago

      I have never seen a Black Squirrel how beautiful they are !

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Battle Creek, Michigan is crawling with black (and their gray cousins) squirrels. The story around town is that they were imported by W.K. Kellogg from England in the early 20th century. The story is probibly wrong, and they were most likely imported from London, Ontario, Canada. They are very entertaining to have as neighbors.

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      inkserotica 7 years ago

      See loads of grey Squirrels, an occasional red but never a black one. Would love to though!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      black squirrels...i am seeing more and more where i live-fair haven, new jersey. they certainly are "eye-catching"

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens, blessed by a squidangel :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My wife and I saw for the first time what I think to be a black squirrel. We were at Sunset Beach NC. It was as big as a cat and had a white face. The tail is longer then it's body. I have attached a link to the pictures I took. http://www.flickr.com/photos/33298174@N06/43022921... If anyone knows what this is please email me at harryhnc@bellsouth.net and let me know.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We have a black squirrel in Westport NY. He/She is beautiful and fun to watch, Blacky hangs out with the greys and comes to eat almost daily

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my 92 year old great grandmother spotted a black squirrel in her back yard here in south Georgia. She was very excited as this was her first time ever seeing one. it was 2/17/2010

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I looked up Black Squirrels because we have quite a few of them here in Simsbury, CT, around the West Mountain Rd. area. I've lived here for 10 years, and have been observing with some interest for all that time, and I've noticed that their boundaries are expanding. They used to all be within about a 3 mile radius, but that is now about 8 miles.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      we have one in mansfield

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      It is amazing! I've never seen a black squirrel too!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My son called he just saw a black squirrel in south eastern Johnston County, NC. He said it was large and very black. I could not find any other sightings in the area.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      I've never seen a black squirrel. In fact I've never seen a squirrel in real life!! But I have seen plenty of possums :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My husband spotted a black squirrel this week in a tree in our neighbor's yard in St. Cloud, Florida. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A black squirrel was spotted at Smith Mountain Lake, on May 29th. It scampered across the roadway, and stopped. It sat there long enough to get a good look and then took off into the trees.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      we seen a black squirrel at knobles in PA

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I live in northwestern Illinois and we have a large black squirrel population. They have been around here for decades and are well-established.

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      pickledradish 7 years ago

      Not only do we have black squirrels in Ontario, we have albino black squirrels. Beautiful white squirrels with pink eyes. There has been a family living for decades at 999 Queen Street West in Toronto. In the north end of the city we get all-over chocolate brown squirrels or squirrels with red brown tails. But the grey squirrels have thicker tails and fur than the black squirrels.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I live in the Hartford Ct. area and I'm watching two black squirrel's playing outside my window right now. There are lot's of them in my neighborhood. I'd never seen one until about 3 years ago. Now they're a common site.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Does anyone know if black squirrels and fox squirrels can mate and produce offspring? More than once I have seen black squirrels that are mostly black but have either their tail colored just like a fox squirrels...very distinctive. Sometimes the black quirrel will have the brownish red of a fox squirrel in its ears or other parts of its body. I live in the Battle Creek, Michigan area.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Please add Glendale Ohio (15 miles north of Cincinnati) to your list. Black squirels are plentiful there. They were brought in the 60s from MI and have become an icon for the small historic Village.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      saw a black squirrel on Boot Pond rd in Plymouth Ma.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Was visiting some friends in Lodi, NY and saw a black squirrel. It danced in front of my car for a bit then took off for the woods. I was fascinated by it. My friends in Lodi had never seen one.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a black squirrel living in my backyard. Stockton, CA

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      lumpy22 7 years ago

      I didn't know about black squirrels. Very interesting nice lens

      Thnaks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'd heard of black squirrels but I wasn't sure where they live. They're so cute. Here on the Isle of Wight we have red squirrels but no grey ones.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Black Squirrels in Minnesota that's Rare so cool!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We have a black squirrel in our yard. It has never been seen in our area until this summer. The neighbors are all excited!! Nettie Dover-Foxcroft, ME

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have never saw a black Squirrel before. I've seen reds, grays and white squirrels though.

      Very nice lens and information. One thing about squirrels, us that they are squirrely.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Always saw black squirrels in 'Toronto's High Park' as a kid while visiting Gram's!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There are tons in Iowa! I was just in Clarinda and they have always had them since the 70's.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      on a walk last week, a friend and I saw a group of 5 black squirrels running behind one another into a swamp area in Chelmsford, Ma. very cool!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I seen a black squirrel in union ohio just yesterday 8/7/2010..i had to google it to see if their even such a thing lol...Union is just north of Dayton

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was having coffee this morning on the patio and a Black Squirrel ran by me on the fence. I'm in Sunnyvale, California. Was very surprised because I had never seen one. Sort of scary being so black.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My family and I had just finished a 2 hour ride in Colorado Springs Academy Riding Ranch when we spotted a black squirrel. It was so beautiful. When we got home to texas we went to look it up, never seeing one before and saw they were very rare. Here it shows there hasn't been a citing in Colorado. We have seen it and it was great!!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful squirrel! Yes, I am one of those Americans who has never seen a black squirrel but I sure would like to see one. The photos are awesome and I love black!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love squirrels no matter what color coat they decide to wear :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We live in Havre, Mt. have lots of squirrels, gray and brown. This morning we spotted our first black squirrel in our back yard. He was eating peanuts in our feeder....He is beautiful. hope they stick around.

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Squirrels, of all kinds and colors, are among my favorite critters.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Where can I purchase black squirrels?

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      Pixelrage LM 6 years ago

      This is great :D I want one. When I was a kid, there was a black squirrel at my aunt's house. It was the only one I've ever seen in my life, and I've never seen any others here in the northeast.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      great lens...I love squirrels of any color, but am in love with the European red squirrel...I know they have black squirrels here in Wisconsin, but have not seen one.

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      We have black squirrels here in the Pacific Northwest. Lately I've been seeing more black ones than gray ones. Thanks for all the great info on squirrels.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      I have never seen a black squirrel! How cute they are!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Have never seen a black squirrel in person.

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      I have never seen a black squirrel but boy would I like to! What a fantastic picture that would be!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      This is so cool. In Bowling Green, Kentucky, we have a population of white squirrels. I think the black ones are very handsome. Thanks for the information!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      We have lots of grey squirrels, but no blacks. They would be fun to see.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Lizzy

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      Seeking Pearls 6 years ago from Pueblo West

      I can honestly say that I have never seen a black squirrel until I saw your photograph. They are really pretty little creatures.

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      redflea13 lm 6 years ago

      We have black squirrels here in eastern Iowa.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      There is a black squirrel next door to where I work and it is so fascinating to watch it romp around.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Black quirrels have been in and around Marshall, Michigan for many years.

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      missbat 6 years ago

      I never knew there were black squirrels; I've never seen one. How adorable! Such a cute lens!

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      LotusMalas 6 years ago

      So cute! I want one! Guess I'll have to go hiking more so I can see one :)

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We used to have lots of them in our old house in Ottawa, Ontario. They are cute but they bore holes on your roof and fixing these can cost you much. I suppose if you have to find a warm place to live, you will have to do it. I enjoyed just watching them.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We used to have lots of them in our old house in Ottawa, Ontario. They are cute but they bore holes on your roof and fixing these can cost you much. I suppose if you have to find a warm place to live, you will have to do it. I enjoyed just watching them.

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      These squirrels are so adorable!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      This is the first time I have seen a black squirrel. I have heard of it of course but never really got my interest. They seem to be nice creatures.

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      Spiderwebs 6 years ago

      I love black squirrels! I know in northern IA the squirrels are grey with black or dark stomachs, like they've been wallowing in mud. Further south they're more reddish overall. Fun stuff.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Black Squirrel seen in Indian Land,South Carolina 11-3-2010

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We have two black squirrels living in the pine woods behind our house. They are completely black except for a patch of white on their face and tip of tail. We have also seen a couple of large fox squirrels. South Georgia.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Before this lens I did not even know there was a black squirrel! Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I did not know there was black squirrels until this morning.I live in squirrel country here in eastern North Carolina but this was my first black one. I,ll be looking for more. I live in Eureka,N.C. Thanks

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      Louis Wery 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      I had never heard of black squirrels before reading this lens. Very interesting!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sighted two Black Squirrels today. One in Saratoga, CA; later in the day, another in Menlo Park. The 2nd sighting seemed to be a younger suuirrel. Very cute.

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      littlelu lm 6 years ago

      I live and Michigan and see many black squirrels. We have many black squirrels in the area but I don't see many grey ones.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      plenty of black squirrels at the Bronx Zoo 12-6-2010

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely black squirrels you present. Love this lense :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I was in Westfield about 40 years ago, the squirrels are wonderful

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      Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      I Never Saw a Black Squirrel :-(

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      In Toms River, NJ today, my husband and I saw a black squirrel for the first time ever--and we're not young! Exciting--we had never even heard of one before.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think I just marvel at the speed of squirrels, I love watching them when they jump around and vanish in a jiffy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have seen a couple of black squirrels in my time here in the Pacific Northwest, most of us, rubbed our eyes and had to agree that we saw them, but they were not brown or gray squirrels that is for sure!!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've never seen a black squirrel - very interesting information. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      We have a black squirrel in our yard these days.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My husband and I saw a black squirrel in our back yard. He was much bigger than the grey squirrels. He had a white mouth and the tips of his ears were white. He had very thick black fur. I have pictures. We live in Wilmington, NC

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      We have a black squirrel that comes to our feeders once a month, and I have seen a white one as well. I think it might be a rogue gene from our gray squirrels? angel blessings..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi there, I recently saw and photographed a Black Albert's squirrel on vacation in Colorado (I was on vacation, not the squirrel...) I was just wondering, is it rare to find an all black Albert's?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I didn't even know there were black squirrels. Blessed by another Squidoo Angel on 12/29/2010. Have a great day!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      I would love to see one of these here in NJ, have plenty of greys that come to my feeder...yes, they are welcome too:-) but no black ones. Have seen them very occasionally on trips in New England, vacationed in MA every summer as a child at my grandparents, who lived on wooded property and also fed birds...and fought with the squirrels:-)

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      How unique. Thanks for adding the map.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Love it

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      I'd like squirrels, even if they were orange. As life-loving examples, they're right up there with cats and a little nuttier. The black ones here are especially gorgeous.

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      WhitePineLane 6 years ago

      Who knew there were black squirrels?! I'm featuring your lens on my soon-to-be published Lensography of Squirrel Lenses! (No joke!)

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I never knew there were black squirrels until I noticed a few of them running under some trees next to where I work. They are smaller than the orange ones in my yard but look so adorable.

      Thanks for writing about them and sharing a lot of interesting info. Sprinkling some angel dust your way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There are a lot of black squirrels on Kent Island where I live. Also, I think the white squirrels in the Wye Mills area are amazing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      While visiting friends in Bellingham Wa. we saw several black squirrels in the neighborhood. We live in Sedro Woolley, WA and have many, many grey ones. Maybe they will come down this way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Black squirrels are everywhere where I live in Hertfordshire, England.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have just seen my first black squirrel in Pennsylvania 15236

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      These black squirrels look like really nice animals. Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I captured a cute photo of a black squirrel walking along the fence in my backyard in Minnesota!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Spotted my first black squirrel crossing a road in East Tennessee outside of Lenoir City on Mar. 15th ,2011.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very enjoyable lens! We have black squirrels where I live in the southeastern part of Ohio. They're more rare than the others, but in the neighborhood where I once lived, the squirrels were exclusively black! It must have been a small microcosm. At my current home on the other side of town, squirrels are reddish-brown. The black ones were a good bit smaller than their red and gray counterparts. I learned a lot from this excellent lens!

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      great lens

      I didn't know about the black squirrels of Westford & I'm not too far from there

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      DMWaters 6 years ago

      I used to live in Amherst and I saw several black squirrels. One I would see on a regular basis right near the Emily Dickerson House. I have also seen black squirrels in Tewksbury, MA. A few years back I saw two tan colored squirrels. They were not together when I saw them. They were about 25 miles apart but I saw them in the span of just three days. I thought that was weird as those were the only tan ones I ever saw.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We have had a black squirrel feeding at our Northern Neck home in Westmoreland County, Va. for several weeks now. Originally it had a square white spot between it's nose & eyes but the spot has since disappeared. This is the first one I have heard of in the area.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      They are so very cute. We have black squirrels in Iowa but none in my neighborhood. ACtually my barn cats have pretty much caused all but the bravest of them to move away.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I am returning today to leave my April Blessings on this animal lens! Yes, I selected animals for my April 1 neighborhood. Imagine that! LOL

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      jemdam 6 years ago

      the black squirrels in pittsburgh are taken over the feeders by leaving their scent on the seeds in the feeders. The brown squirrels will not go near the feeder now. We have a war going on at the feeders.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I saw the first black squirrel I have ever seen. This is in Corbin KY at Lincoln Memorial University at the Baptist Regional Medical Center Campus. I have heard the students talk about but 4/11/2011 I saw it. They are much larger than the ones we have in East TN longer and heavier! Too cool!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I live south of Charlotte, NC, near SC state line. I have seen black squirrels in nearby woods, but today saw a real hybrid! It is black with white around its nose and on the tip of its tail! It sat in a tree chattering at one of my cats, and I got a good look. Wish I'd had a camera; mabye I'll get lucky and get a photo.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I live in NC; I have seen black squirrels in nearby woods, but today I saw the ultimate. It was sitting in a tree chattering at one of my cats. It was black with white on the end of its nose and also about the last 3" of it's tail. I wish I'd had a camera!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have only seen them as we drive through Essex in Kankakee county. Now, for the first time, in Reddick, Illinois, we have a black squirrel here who has adopted our feeders and eats the seeds off the table. He is very cute and smaller than the greys. The grey squirrel chases him away when he is in the area.

      I've only glimpsed a couple in the past and I've never had the chance to see one close like this. What an interesting squirrel!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I recently moved into an apartment building in downtown Columbus, Ohio, after living in the suburbs. We are surrounded by huge, old trees and just a couple blocks from a large park; squirrels abound! I first noticed white squirrels, which is pretty common in the suburbs. However, I was VERY surprised to see two black squirrels! They are the first I've ever seen in my life, and I'm 63. The grays seem to be frightened of them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I live in Conroe Texas just outside of town in the woods. Up the road there is the cutest black squirrel that plays in this pasture. We see him everyday. He has been there for a couple of years now. Most people I have talked to around here who have lived here all their lives have never seen a black squirrel. I moved here from mo. about 20 years ago an he is the first one I have ever seen.

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      Brankica 6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Blessings for this cute and informative lens :)

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      My hometown in Kansas has mostly black squirrels. I don't know where they came from, but red squirrels are rarely seen. Interesting lens.

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Wow, amazing. I never thought that there were black squirrels. Thanks for making me know :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My two children and I have seen a black squirrel, twice, located in a wooded area near Avon, Minnesota.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      I enjoyed reading about the genetics of the black squirrels. We have a number of black squirrels in the wooded area near our house in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My son went to a college in Albion, MI, that was overrun by black squirrels :-) I think they're very elegant looking! We also have huge fox squirrels that have the run of most of the city, then the gray and black squirrels are in the wooded areas (I guess they can't compete with the fox squirrels), and we have a few little red squirrels too. We've wondered if fox squirrels and gray/black squirrels occasionally mate, because we have a black squirrel with a blondish-reddish tail that frequents our backyard.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My daughter and I saw a black squirrell in the south hills of Pittsburgh 5/23/11 around 7am.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY. Every Spring (not this year) I have seen black squirrels in the gardens, and I am always amazed! Sadly, they seem to exist for about a month, never to be seen again. Would anyone know if the gray squirrels kill them, or if the black fur makes them easy prey?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I live in Garden City Park, Long Island New York and I saw a black squirrel this morning about 5:30. I was taken back a little but have seen very few in the past.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a black squirrel visiting my birdfeeder in Colchester, CT. It has been mating with the gray squirrels here.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      WE HAVE A BLACK SQUIRREL LIVING IN CHESHIRE CT.I SEE IT EVERY MORNING FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Black squirrels everywhere on Penn State Altoona campus, Altoona,PA.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I live in Story Arkansas a stone throw from the Ouachita National Forest As of this last week I have had a Black squirrel at my feeders I have two groups of squirrels here. Red Fox Squirrels and Gray Squirrels. The black squirrel stays with the grey group I have heard of black Squirrels but never seen one till now after visiting this site I have a much better understanding of the conditions that create the black color and realize now that it is not rare in many areas but he is still a special squirrel to me.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      Hello :) I have added a link to this lens on my new lens http://www.squidoo.com/squirrel-thematic-unit-stud...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I live in Leesburg, IN and that is all we have. When we first moved here, we didn't have ANY squirrels of ANY color. Now we have black ones. Many people complain in other areas that they are very aggressive to the other squirrels. I've never witnessed this, but it may be true. (I have a huge family of them in my backyard. Maybe pictures are necessary.?)

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Great lens, had never heard of the black squirrel, thank you for sharing!

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      @anonymous: we have many black and grey squirrels in our area - i've noticed no behavioral differences. we even hand feed them at the local park.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Spotted a totally black squirrel at the wildlife preserve on Chincoteague Island, VA on July 28, 2011. Told my parents about it who then told me how they never thought much of it but had one in their back yard in Highland, MD for years.

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Beautiful looking animal! I've only ever seen the grey squirrels when visiting the UK.

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      ellagis 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos and video! I was really impressed by the "scientificity" you described the black squirrel with. You really couldn´t say anything more precise about it.

      Love your lens!!!!

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      minx267 5 years ago

      I've seen black squirrels on a trip to D.C. and have been fascinated with them ever since.. unfortunately I don't have any in my backyard in CT... you are lucky. they are so cute... not that they ray squirrel isn't.. the black ones are just prettier. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw a black squirrel for the first time in St Cloud, FL today.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My daughter and I saw a black squirrel in the parking lot at Savoury Lane Restaurant on Arlington Street in Acton, MA today! Really something to see...the fur looked softer, like a cat!

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      Bercton1 5 years ago

      Wonderful animal! love the colour!

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      LinkCollection 5 years ago

      wow i did not about them, so cute!

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Excellent lens! Can you you get the black squirrels to get their gray cousing here in VIrginia to stop eating my pecans before i get more than a couple for the family? Thanks for sharing a great lens and video.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      it is news for me. we have only gray squirrels in our part of the world. really a beautiful and cute animal. linked to my lens 'the squirrels - the cleanest animal in the rodent family'.

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      writer_villa 5 years ago

      These squirrels are indigenous to the U.S. We do not find them in our country. Nevertheless, they are very beautiful animals!

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      feliciasfavs 5 years ago

      The black squirrel is a very sleak-looking animal. I have never seen one except through your lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ther are one or two of these unique beasties living on the grounds of the Cudahy Middle School. My mother saw it first and my dad didn't believe her until I saw it too and showed him. I spoke to a neighbor in her 80's and she said that For her child hood and into her twenties the most common species was the Red but they were eventually pushed out by the Gray. Sadly I have never seen a Red Squirrel in my 20 plus years here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      just saw a black squirrel in my yard in Chelsea MA.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saw two on a hike in Forest Park, Portland, Oregon. Much smaller than the big grey, red and spotted ground squirrels we usually see, but very healthy and energetic. One was eating pine nuts out of a cone!

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      Staceysk 5 years ago

      I'm lucky enough to see these guys regularly. They are very cute.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My wife and I live on the Cape and sit near the the nearly every morning with coffee. In the last few days we have seen a black squirrel swim back and forth across the river as if were a very natural thing to do. Is this common for a black squirrel?

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      @anonymous: "Squirrels swim using a "dog paddle" motion, and their tail as a rudder. Swimming is very strenuous for a squirrel, and it's not done unless absolutely necessary." http://www.squirrels.org/faq.html#Q15

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      I have never seen a real squirrel in my life. I am an Asian. Hope I can see one someday. =) Thanks for this lens.

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      GirlLovesNature1 5 years ago

      There are black squirrels in Cambridge, UK. They often used to play outside my office window when I was working there. Never seen them anywhere else though. They're cute little critters :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saw my first black squirrel in South Chelmsford! Sitting happily eating acorns on the side of the bike path between Chelmsford center and Heart Pond. A little smaller than the Gray's around him. I think he was young. Welcome to our neighborhood, little guy!

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      SandraGahlinger 5 years ago

      I saw my first black squirrel in Mexico (Baja) - it was in a cage. Don't remember where they got it. I believe they said it was Canadian. Sent this page to my hubs - loves squirrels. (I grew up eating them - and no, they do not taste like chicken.) Part of our pre-marriage agreement was that I agreed never again to eat squirrel. We lived in RI for several years and used to go into Mass - can't believe we missed the black squirrels. Didn't know we were there.

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      jemdam 5 years ago

      @anonymous: where is South Chelmsford

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've seen black squirrels off and on for 30 years in Eastern Massachusetts, but I just saw the first one for my back yard. YEAH!! Pretty neat to see considering I live in the city. He's just hanging out in my back yard eating walnuts from the neighbors tree. :)

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      I've visited the Kent State U. area many times, but never caught a glimpse of a black squirrel. They are pretty.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a dentist in North Kansas City, Missouri and we have a black squirrell that hangs out around the office. Everyone loves to catch a glimpse of him. He is especially loved by the kids.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      We really love squirrels . . we even have a statue of one in our front yard that my daughter picked out. I am amazed at how industrious they are. Great lens, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      We really love squirrels . . we even have a statue of one in our front yard that my daughter picked out. I am amazed at how industrious they are. Great lens, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      I have some squirrel's in my garden, they come on to the patio every day to be fed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      such a cute and neat lens of yours! loved your homemade video too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I live in Ontario and we have had a red tailed black squirrel in our yard this summer. I had never seen one like that before. I understand they are rather uncommon. Have you seen many of them?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i spotted a black squirrel nov8,2011 on mass ave by mit in cambridge mass it was nice 2 see 1` for the first time

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      After 18 yrs. of squirrels breeding in my squirrel box's I now have a black squirrel living in squirrel house in my front yard oak tree. Wolcott, CT.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have two black squirrels in our backyard in Fairport,NY

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow we feel special here in East Texas after reading about Black Squirrels ! We have a gorgeous young one that showed up several weeks ago. He is watched by our Standard Poodle, Apollo, who is also black through a Den window. I hope the sweet baby hangs around and that perhaps the gene color is passed along to future squirrels here at our place.

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      Wow -- I had no idea there was a black variety of squirrels! I've only seen gray ones. It's a little weird to see a black one! Thanks for sharing the video -- nothing like seeing one in action. :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      we have 2 black squirrels in Miami, Oklahoma and they are beautiful and fun to watch I had never seen one I am sure they may be more but have only seen these 2

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have two black squirrels in Miami, oklahoma

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have 2 black squirrels in Miami, Oklahoma they feed in my yard daily they are really beautiful and fun to watch

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a black squirrel in my yard in Xenia Ohio and it plys all the time in the front to back with the other squirrels.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw one this weekend in Celebration fl, Disney's neotraditional development. Did Disney ever import any?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw one this weekend in Celebration fl, Disney's neotraditional development. Did Disney ever import any?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Been seeing one the last few months aboard Camp LeJeune, NC Marine Base. Really took me by surprise as they are so much bigger than the grey ones.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw three black squirrels in Mt, Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington, MA

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saw a huge black squirrel in montose beach park,off lake shore drive, Chicago IL!!!!!

      Never saw one before and I was shocked! It was 3 times bigger than any squirrel I've seen !!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saw a black squirrel in Oregon, Illinois in my back yard eating out of the feeder

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw a black squirrel in Sioux Falls SD this morning.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm feelin' squirrely and doing an angel flyby on your Black Squirrels.....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I haven't seen one in many years. I grew up in Michigan and traveled extensively while growing up. The first one I ever saw was at a rest area in Houghton Lake. Through the years i started seeing them at all rest areas along I-75 and 127 . I suspect they migrated in campers and trucks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Watching a black squirrel right now while bowhunting deer in Chebanse Illinois, south of Kankakee. Seen them here for at least three years.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Seen my first black squirrel here in Gadsen,SC today It had a white nose and white ears, pretty neat

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I live in Gardner,Illinois and over the last 4 years our grey population has turned about 60% black, there all over

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Here in Pontiac Michigan, we had all red squirrels a few years ago now we have black ones in approxamently equal numbers. We even have a black one with a red tail.

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      Killeen 5 years ago from Warner, NH

      You learn something new every day... :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I live in St Cloud Fl. I just saw my first Black Squirrel in my front yard.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: We have lived in St Cloud for 10 years and have seen them occasionally since day one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Are they the Fox squirrels? We have many of them out here. I have lived here for 24 yrs. This was the first "melanistic" grey squirrel I have seen.

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Well written ... Blessed

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Well written ... Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A few years ago, I saw a black squirrel on the trail in the park (wooded, rustic trail) about 1/2 mile away. With the incredibly warm winter we've had, the squirrels come on my back patio to raid the bird feeder. I now have a regular black squirrel (noticed him beginning of Feb.) He is smaller and has a scrawnier tail , and the others tend NOT to chase him as they chase each other. I live in New Berlin, WI next to Malone Park.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My husband and I see black squirrels all over the place in the Finger Lakes region of New York where we live. I have been seeing them for about 10 years on a regular basis.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      While visiting North Vancouver, B.C. we saw one at the Capilano Extension Bridge. He photographed it. They are also running around Stanley Park in Vancouver. Where we live in the Okanagan, we have beautiful bushy tailed brown squirrels. They are such a delight to watch. Love this lens. Angel blessings.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just saw my first black squirrel. I live in Bellefonte,,PA and was amazed. It is beautiful.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Lovely lens-You gave a lot of information.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Lovely lens-You gave a lot of information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I seen a black squirrel yesterday about 12 miles from Heber Springs, Arkansas. It changed its mind about crossing the road in front of my truck.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      In the past two weeks I have seen 2 of the black squirrels in locations about 10 miles apart. I didn't know what they were. The first on looked similar to a ferret, but it was running loose. The second one was in a cemetery along with a gray one. Tried to get a picture but it was camera shy. They are beautiful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      On my first post I failed to say I live in North Alabama

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      seen my first ever black squirrel in kingston nova scotia canada

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: i seen my first black squirl with a box of air jordans and a car radio

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i saw my first black squirl with a box of air jordans and a car radio

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      doing a black squirrel report this has ban sooooooo helpful cause the report in for science and were are talking about genes and stuff

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Very interesting, I have never seen a black squirrel before. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw a black squirrel yesterday morning in Sevierville Tennessee. I didn't even know they existed until I looked it up online.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saw my first black squirrel today near Berlin Ohio

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      Great info!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saw our first black squirrel in Bentonville, AR on May 5, 2012. I took some mediocre photos with my iPhone. They are adorable.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I live in Peterborough Ontario Canada- A black squirrel with a fluffy reddish brown tail is hanging around my bird feeder- could you tell me if this particular squirrel has a specific name....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I live in Gold River, CA, 95670 near the American River. There is a black squirrel that lives in a big oak tree near one of the bike paths. I have seen him several times as have many other people. I just saw him again yesterday.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i saw a black squirrel once when i was a kid. i thought it was the coolest thing, and i have looked for another ever since. today on my way home from work, 15 years later, i saw 2 within 5 minutes of each other. awesome!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I seen black squirrels for the first time in Courtland, Oh

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saw a black squirrel in Celebration, Fl yesterday. First time I've ever seen one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yesterday I saw a pitch black squirrel in my yard and didn't get the camera in time. Long Island, NY

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: where do you live?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      SAW A BLACK SQUIRREL FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY IT HAD A ALL RED TAIL!! CALLICOON, NY

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      SAW A BLACK SQUIRREL FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY IT HAD A ALL RED TAIL!! CALLICOON, NY

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That is interesting. Last summer we had a black squirrel with a big bushy red tail also, but I haven't seen it since the fall. They are very unusual, that's for sure! I am in Ontario. I am keeping my eye open for others that may be offspring.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I live in Misouri and saw a black squirrel on my way to work the other morning. I have never seen one before. I thought I was seeing things ???? Pretty neat.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: We are in Canada in a place where there are black squirrels-Whistler B.C. We were at a golf course with a hide on the wall that was at least 5 ft by 3ft and the staff was insistent that it was a black squirrel that had been bothering the course. . Is this possible

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I noticed a black squirrel in my yard for the first time today! It was completely dark black. Rock Hill, New York

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have a female black squirrel who nests atop our birch tree, and gave birth to four this spring, three black and one grey. They feed on seeds from the bird feeder and so do not have to cross roads. Watching these kids at play has been a delight. Mother (named "Patch) has a dark black patch of fur between her shoulders, and has been here for three years now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saw my fist black squirrel here in Gaines Mi this am, thought I was seeing things!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We saved a baby black squirrel last year & bottle fed her. She was so young & almost died from starvation. So we nurtured her & got her healthy, did everything vet said etc. but she became domestic & could not be set free as she is friendly & plays with other animals (cats, dogs etc). Keeping her separated at first didn't help. I guess it's rare to have them so domestic they choose to stay. It was worth it. Hopefully, someday, she will take the freedom. She has chosen to stay for 15 months. Another abandoned litter was found & we hope she will join them in the "free world"- as they are being raised with less interaction. She must be happy, because she can leave anytime she wants to. She's friendly with the kids & people too. Is it truly meant to be if they stay?

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      Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      I had a black squirrel in my yard for years. There was only one in the neighborhood. We figured someone brought it over from the Bronx where they are very abundant. I named it midnight and it would come when I called it. I always had a walnut treat for him.

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      Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      @anonymous: That friendliness reverts back to wild once released. Sometimes it's a problem when they go up to strangers and think every human just loves them. I have released so many even after having some for a very long time due to illness. They all get back their natural instinct.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I love squirrels and do like to feed them in the bitter cold. Where I grew up, the squirrels were mosly grey, but here in Ottawa (only 1.5 hrs drive away), they are mostly black.

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      sconnelly711 4 years ago

      Very informative lens!!

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Black squirrels are totally interesting, although that one did not do a good job of making a jack o lantern. We raised a regular gray squirrel who was a nut (but very, very cute)! Finally heard the "call of the wild" and ran off.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have a black squirrel in our back yard-jusst showed up one day-we've never seen one before-we live in northeastern wisconsin.

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      dandy3 4 years ago

      They are so cute :)

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      grahamcox lm 4 years ago

      I have never seen a black squirrel - something to look forward to!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My wife and I were at Niagara Falls this weekend for our wedding anniversary, and we spotted a black squirrel twice on Goat Island where I now see they have been previously spotted before. I had never seen one before, and the information I found on this site today was a good read.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just saw two black squirrels in my back yard. Been here five years and never saw them before.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw a black squirrel in Toledo, Ohio today, 9/27/2012.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just saw a black squirrel for the first time in Flemington, NJ.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw one in Kansas City, MO last week.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw one in my Hamburg NY yard about an hour ago.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My son and I saw 2 black squirrels in Riverton, Iowa this past weekend..sooooo cool!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just saw a black squirrel in Piscataway New Jersey on S. Randolphville Rd. the first time I saw one!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We saw 3 in Bridgewater, VT in the last month - 3 different areas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Woodland Park, Colorado.. have built perch on two trees for my black and red and gray squirrels. LOVE them !!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw one in Newfane VT a few weeks ago! My first sighting! Impressive!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have lived along a creek for almost thirty years. About 2-3 yrs ago saw our first black squirrel. We have a lot of grey squirrels and some red. We are now on our 3d or 4th back squirrel sighting. They are beautiful. We live in Citrus Heights, Ca

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I see black and brown squirrels in my Colorado Springs, Colorado yard everyday. They are so cute!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I live in new britain,ct i have black squirrel living in my back yard i have seen him for weeks now hes so cute!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Black squirrel seen in new britain,ct so cute

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I saw two black squirrels in Dry Ridge, Ky.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw a black squirrel in east Texas between kirbyville and buna yeaserday, 11-26-12.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Have a couple of black squirrels loving my deck [central NYS, lake area]

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I finally saw one of these beautiful animals. I had only heard about them as a child growing up in Western New York State. I was overjoyed to actually see one yesterday sifting through the fallen leaves for pecans. I live in North East Georgia so now, may it be known that our little friends are finding homes in the Southern states as well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I finally saw one of these beautiful animals. I had only heard about them as a child growing up in Western New York State. I was overjoyed to actually see one yesterday sifting through the fallen leaves for pecans. I live in North East Georgia so now, may it be known that our little friends are finding homes in the Southern states as well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Seen Black Squirrels in Valley Forge Park and aling the Skullykill Rucer Trail

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Saw my first one ever today in Walpole

      , New Hampshire!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Black squirrels are abundant in Rock Island, IL.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I saw one last week here in Centereach, Long Island.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I saw a Black squirrel in South Boston....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lenita Brickhouse Campen,

      I remember two years ago a childhood friend of my fathers from nearby Columbia, NC came to visit and they had an interesting conversation about the black squirrels in his back yard. The gentleman called them Fox squirrels.

      My father has since passed and I cannot remember the gentlemans name. Any comments from anyone in Columbia, NC on black squirrels?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Had a few black underside and face, and brown upper side in clive iowa.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i saw a black squirrel at rohtak in india

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      growing up

      I have lived in Iowa all of my life and never realized black squirrels were rare. There are always at least 2 in my backyard. It wasn't until a friend moved up from the south that I learned that they were very rare.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      I had never seen black squirrels before I went to Vancouver BC. They were apparently brought there from Michigan to Stanley Park. Then I heard of some in northern Washington which makes sense. Not too terribly long ago, I could swear I saw one here in Salem Oregon. They are beautiful.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I've never seen a black one, I wonder if we have them in the UK. I think there are some.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have black squirrels in Osceola County (St. Cloud/Kissimmee/Orlando).. they are rare, but we have small communities of them. In North Florida (Tallahassee) we also have white squirrels that are not albinos. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just saw a black squirrel in my back yard yesterday in Hazle Township, Pa. It was the first I've ever seen and was a nice looking critter.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw a blackie in Jamaica Plain - Boston, MA the other day. Was quite surprised because I've only seen them in the Vancouver/Seatle area. Google has informed me they're also around the Northeast.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just seen a black squirrel in our back yard this past week for the first time. We've also had an albino one running around in past years.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have a black squirrel running around-Waukesha Wi.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Black squirrel seen on the Isle of Wight UK by Sarah near Smallbrooke Stadium on the roadside in woodland

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I saw a black squirrel today in Shallotte, NC - Awesome site to see...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw a black squirrel in Rosepine.Louisiana today.see them all the time

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yesterday I spotted a Black Squirrel in Covington Ga

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Saw a black squirrel for the first time ever while vacationing in Hayward, Wisconsin.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Saw a black squirrel 7/20/13 for the first time in Wichita, KS. Freaked the kids out!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      There are many black squirrels at the Pines Golf Course in Williamson, Georgia. We saw one this morning with a gray body and black head. The golf course manager reports as many as twenty at one time around the clubhouse.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      just saw a black squirrel in richland twp. Pittsburgh pa. 8/4/13

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I drive the Salem trolley and saw my first black squirrel at the visitors center on Essex street today.

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      Kalena 3 years ago

      We have tons of black squirrels in Calgary, Alberta Canada.

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      PattiJAdkins 3 years ago

      I've unfortunately never actually seen one. They are beautiful. How special and thanks for this lens.

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      SParadis 3 years ago

      I saw a black squirrel today just outside Vacaville California where Pleasants Valley Road crosses Alamo creek.

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      getupandgrow 3 years ago

      Love this page, and now know a lot more about black squirrels than I did before...black squirrels are quite new in the UK. Many thanks!

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      ROSALIND JACKSON 2 years ago

      I SEEN A BLACK SQUIRREL TODAY....NEVER SEEN ONE BEFORE..I STARTED TO TAKE A PICTURE BUT I WAS TO SCARED. IT LOOKSBETTER THEN THE GRAY SQUIRRELS...IT HAD PRETTY BLACK SHINNY FUR..CHICAGO ILL SEPT 29TH 2014

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