Fox squirrels rebound: Fox Squirrel Endangered

Published: November 18, 2015

Fox squirrels rebound: Fox Squirrel Endangered, It is indeed a win for conservationists in Delaware as the Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel has been saved from near-extinction. The squirrel, which was one of the first creatures to be listed on the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1967, has made a healthy comeback after almost 50 years of interstate efforts.

At that time when this big-sized and fluffy squirrel was added into the list, it had lost 905 of its wooden habitat on the Delmarva Peninsula. After carrying out a review of five years, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has reached at a conclusion that the squirrel number has reached 20,000 and it is no more facing the risk of extinction.

Before 2016, the species will be removed from the Threatened and Endangered Wildlife. For past many years, squirrels have been protected from hunters and their habitat area has also been increased. The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has also been contributing by relocating the squirrels to new areas.

In comparison to gray squirrels, fox squirrels remain close to the ground and are calmer. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) said that the recovery of the squirrel would not have been possible without the support of many citizen-conservationists.

“The natural world is amazingly resilient, especially when a broad collection of partners works together to help it”, affirmed Cardin.


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