gray squirrel

noun

Definition of gray squirrel

: a common light gray to black squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) that is native to eastern North America and has been introduced into Great Britain and South Africa

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Schorger wrote in the 1940s a comprehensive history of the black form of the gray squirrel. Benjamin Peters, cleveland.com, "Why are Kent’s black squirrels spreading across Northeast Ohio?," 11 July 2019 Invaders and regenerators Indigenous to the eastern United States, the eastern gray squirrel was eradicated from New York City sometime before the 1840s, and was later reintroduced to American cities in the mid-19th century. Kaitlyn Schwalje, National Geographic, "How many squirrels live in NYC’s Central Park? We finally have the answer.," 20 June 2019 There are three other giants in the squirrel family, Sciuridae—each of which weighs in at two to three times the size of the gray squirrels native to the eastern United States. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Giant purple squirrels do exist—and they have an odd behavior," 4 Apr. 2019 The prisoner was an Eastern gray squirrel, the species — Sciurus carolinensis — that had been infuriating President Dwight D. Eisenhower by burying nuts in the golf practice hole that had been installed on the White House grounds. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1955, the White House waged warfare against some furry terrorists: squirrels," 14 Apr. 2018 California has several squirrel-like critters: the gray squirrel, Douglas squirrel, ground squirrel, chipmunk and chickaree. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "At summer campsite, cute squirrels can go rogue," 9 July 2018 The species, too, include the abundant (gray squirrel and cottontail rabbit) to the seldom seen (fisher and gray fox). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Snapshot Wisconsin trail cam project poised to go statewide," 6 July 2018 Scurius, a nut-hoarding gray squirrel played with surprising gravitas by Terence Archie, lives comfortably and regally with his family in the hollow of a tree. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla Playhouse's apocalyptic 'Squirrels' a dark, funny look at prejudice," 14 June 2018 The data shows that, while five species—most of them invasive like gray squirrels and muntjac deer—have expanded their range over the last two decades, many others are in steep decline, and some should be considered critically endangered. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The UK’s Hedgehogs (and Other Mammals) Are In Danger," 16 June 2018

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1674, in the meaning defined above

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