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gray squirrel

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(Animals) a grey-furred squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, native to E North America but now widely established elsewhere
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ONCE upon a time there was a little fat comfortable grey squirrel, called Timmy Tiptoes.
His dress was a tunic of forest green, furred at the throat and cuffs with what was called minever; a kind of fur inferior in quality to ermine, and formed, it is believed, of the skin of the grey squirrel.
Grey squirrels carry the squirrelpox virus which is fatal for red squirrels.
GREY squirrels could have taken over from native reds in the UK due to their problem-solving powers, say researchers.
GREY squirrels could have taken over from native red squirrels in the UK due to their problem-solving powers, researchers said.
It said: "While it is legal to kill grey squirrels, it must be carried out in a humane manner.
For the first time since the annual survey began in 2012, last year found grey squirrels present in more sites than reds.
Anglesey is a 720 km2 island in North Wales from which grey squirrels have recently been eradicated.
Many of the older generation remember seeing reds on a regular basis, but that was back in the 1950s and early 1960s, before grey squirrels had really got a hold in Mid Wales," Ms Hulme said.
Red squirrels have vanished from most of England and Wales and from parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland as a result of the impact of non-native grey squirrels, introduced from America in the 19th century.
This initial documentation was in a small number of grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) in Maryland.
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.