What Impact Does the Eastern Gray Squirrel Have on Our Economy?
What impact does the Eastern grey squirrel have on our economy? Its invasiveness and destruction of our gardens, lawns, attics and chimneys are just some of the problems this animal can cause. They can even cause damage to our fruit trees, vines and electrical wires. Fortunately, there are many ways to help control the numbers of these pests. Read on to learn more about their impact on our economy.
The ecology of the eastern gray squirrel is based on its habitat and dietary preferences. In urban areas, the gray squirrel makes use of garbage and artificial structures as dreys. It also eats sunflower seeds, which are not naturally found in their habitats. The reasons for the differences between urban and rural populations may be related to the traits that improve innovation performance. If these characteristics are present in urban gray squirrels, this might explain the differences.
One hypothesis proposes that this enhanced cognitive ability is a trait conferred by novel environments, and that it may be a species characteristic. It is not yet clear why this trait has evolved in gray squirrels, but it might be a pre-adaptive trait or an adaptation to new environments. Researchers used an intraspecific comparative paradigm to investigate whether the cognitive ability in this species is a product of the environment in which it lives.
The eastern gray squirrel lives in mature woodland ecosystems. These ecosystems cover 100 acres or more of land, and are rich in mast-producing trees, which the squirrel uses as a source of food. It prefers oak-hickory hardwood forests over coniferous forests because they provide greater abundance of mast-producing trees. The species is only found in portions of eastern Canada that do not have a boreal forest.
The habitat of the eastern gray squirrel may include a leafy nest or a dome-shaped mass made of leaves and twigs. In addition to tree nests, the animal may choose to build its home in a tree cavity or even an exterior wall of a house. During the cold winter months, females prefer to build nests in tree hollows because they are more secure. The nests are weatherproof.
The eastern grey squirrel is a medium-sized tree squirrel. The male and female are similar in size and coloration. They both have a black and grey coat, and have large bushy tails. The fur is grizzled and has a salt and pepper pattern. The predators of the eastern gray squirrel are foxes, raccoons, bobcats, and mice.
The eastern gray squirrel has a strong sense of smell and is able to spot other animals based on stress levels. They have slightly upward-tilted eyes which help them detect predators from a distance. The eastern gray squirrel is a diurnal animal, so it is likely to be active during the day and sleep during the night. It is a scatter-hoarder, which means it gathers food in large quantities.
The Eastern gray squirrel’s nesting habits have been studied for over 40 years, and they’ve helped us better understand the forest’s ecosystem. In summer, gray squirrels build dens in hollow tree trunks, often returning to the same den from which her winter litter was born. Females typically have two tree dens in their home range, and they may move between them for each litter. Nesting in tree dens helps young squirrels survive, as they’re less likely to die in winter than those in leaf nests.
The population of Eastern Grey Squirrels has increased dramatically over the past several decades. Their population has been steadily increasing, thanks to residential development with mature deciduous trees. This species of rodents has become a significant agent in reforestation, since they bury nuts, which may germinate later. By providing seeds to the soil, eastern grey squirrels contribute to the restoration of hardwood forests destroyed by humans. While gray squirrels are notorious for destroying attics, digging up bulbs, and driving birds from bird feeders, they are also beneficial to city dwellers and outdoor enthusiasts.
The eastern gray squirrel is a widespread pest in the United States, but its dietary value is limited. While its pelt is of low value, its tail is sometimes used as a fishing lure. Squirrel pie is a delicacy in some areas of the U.S., but is not a staple of the American diet. Unlike other pests, the eastern gray squirrel is easy to hunt, and successful hunters have credited early American squirrel hunters with helping the nation’s revolutionaries defeat the British.
Because the eastern gray squirrel can live in so many different environments, its diet varies with the seasons. In the summer, the eastern gray squirrel eats winged maple seeds, along with a variety of other wild fruits and seeds. In the fall and winter, it eats acorns and hard nuts, such as butternuts. Acorns and pine seeds are also among its favorite foods during the winter.
The eastern gray squirrel has a considerable economic impact on the Vancouver region. Although it does not cause significant damage to agricultural crops, it does act as an important agent in the process of reforestation, burying nuts that can germinate later. By doing so, the squirrels are helping to restore hardwood forests that have been destroyed by humans. On the other hand, they are a nuisance, digging up bulbs in gardens and driving birds from bird feeders. Nonetheless, they do provide pleasure to city dwellers and outdoorsmen alike, including outdoor enthusiasts, campers, and nature lovers.
Because of their common appearance, the grey squirrel is easy to detect and adored by the public. The species is already in Europe and is likely to spread elsewhere as the population increases. However, in Europe, the economic impact of the Eastern gray squirrel has not been fully quantified. As a result, it is vital to reduce its population to protect the remaining European forests. While this is an important consideration for the species’ future, it will not be feasible for some parts of the continent to accommodate the gray squirrel.
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.