It used to be that if you saw a black squirrel outside of East Lansing, it was a big deal. Apparently, according to the Detroit Free Press, black squirrels are now showing up everywhere in Michigan. Noticeably smaller than fox squirrels, these Eastern gray squirrels, with a black fur variation, are showing up in places other than East Lansing and Battle Creek, where they were traditionally more common. And while black squirrels are native to Michigan, they're fairly rare south of Ohio. (Even though the photo here is from Pinehurst, North Carolina)

According to the experts, gray squirrels are taking over urban areas from fox squirrels, due, in part, to the fact that they have less predators now that dogs and cats are frequently kept inside.

Here's the story.


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