What Are the Different Breeds of Squirrels That Love in Oregon?
There are several species of squirrels in Oregon. Most of them live in or near meadows. They are also nocturnal. These animals have flattened tails and are found in the eastern and southern parts of the state. Listed below are the most common breeds in Oregon. Read on to learn more about them. Here are the main differences between the four main breeds of squirrels in Oregon.
WDFW wildlife reporting form for western gray squirrel
The WDFW has developed a western gray squirrel wildlife reporting form for residents to submit their findings. WDFW has worked with the Puget Sound Biodiversity Institute to create the form, and a three-year survey will be conducted to assess the status of the western gray squirrel. The data collected will help WDFW determine how many of these animals are living in Washington State. Interested citizens can learn more about the project by reviewing the information provided below.
The state of Oregon is home to many different kinds of squirrels. The gray squirrel is the most common, but there are many others as well. While they do live in urban areas, they prefer rocky and forested areas. Their diet is primarily comprised of nuts, seeds, acorns, and berries. If you want to see one in your backyard, you may want to get a pet!
Golden-mantled ground squirrel
Golden-mantled ground squirrels are omnivorous animals that enjoy eating pine nuts and seeds. They will also eat insects and green plants. They are very active in the summer and will stay out all day. They are mostly nocturnal, and their winters are spent sleeping and hibernating. This species of ground squirrel enjoys habitats with talus slopes and rocky terrain.
Merriam’s ground squirrel
The Merriam’s ground squirrel is a common species in Oregon and Idaho. This species is the smallest member of the short-tailed spotted ground squirrel family. They have a brownish-gray or pinkish wash on their backs, and smoky-gray fur. They are usually found on rocky and moist areas, but will also live in man-made pastures.
Washington ground squirrel
The Washington ground shrew is the smaller of the two species of ground squirrels found in Oregon. Its pale gray fur is spotted with small white spots. Native to the Deschutes-Columbia Plateau region, this rodent emerges from its winter dormancy in January and early March. Its distinctive call sounds like a soft whistle and is heard when threatened.
The Douglas’ Squirrel is primarily a conifer-eating species that prefers forests with old-growth trees and mature second-growth trees. They’re highly territorial, and their territory stretches up to six acres. If you hear the sounds of a Douglas’ Squirrel’s scolding, you might be wondering what the heck it’s up to. This squirrel is also a nuisance in bird feeders.
American Red Squirrel
There are several species of squirrels in Oregon. The largest is the western gray squirrel. The American red squirrel, also called gray squirrel, is also found in the northeastern portion of the state. The northern flying squirrel is nocturnal and is found in heavily forested areas. In addition to the gray squirrel, other native species of squirrels in Oregon include the fox squirrel and the northern flying fox.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.