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Squirrelly Southeastern Minnesota


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By John LevellMonday, February 4, 2002

While a select few see them as game to be hunted and eaten and some folks think they are cute and fun to observe, most Bluffland area residents view squirrels as just two or three species of tree-dwelling varmints that raid backyard bird feeders, damage field crops, and gnaw rodent-sized entryway holes into the eaves of our homes.

In reality, however, at least eight members of the rodent family Sciuridae, as zoologists call true squirrels, reside in the counties of southeastern Minnesota. The region’s apparent "squirrelly-ness" is not really all that surprising, when one considers that somewhere in the neighborhood of 260 species of squirrels currently exist in the world.

Like virtually all rodents, squirrels possess flat edged "chisel-like" upper incisors, which grow continually throughout the animals’ lives. This makes gnawing a necessity, as only the wear associated with the regular chewing of hard objects can prevent these teeth from growing excessively long. The various hard-shelled nuts, acorns and seeds many squirrels typically feed on meet this requirement well, although most must resort to supplemental gnawing on occasion.

Be that as it may, exactly half of southeastern Minnesota’s eight squirrels may be viewed as legitimate arboreal tree-dwellers. Each will, however, spend at least some time on the ground, with one species spending a significant portion of each day engaged in terrestrial foraging. None of the four tree squirrel species truly hibernates, although all will sleep away particularly cold and/or stormy winter days.

The Gray and Fox Squirrels are by far the most commonly seen and therefore the most widely known of the tree-dwellers, and are the two bushy-tailed critters most folks typically associate with the word "squirrel." Both species successfully survive in close proximity to mankind, existing quite well in City Parks, small forest plots, and even in lightly wooded backyards. The two species are both sometimes hunted for the table as well.

The Fox Squirrel is the larger of these two species, reaching an average adult total length (including tail) of just under 22 inches and a weight of perhaps 32 ounces or more. Fox Squirrels are readily recognized by the distinctive "rusty-orange" tinge to the fur, although sporadic all black individuals do crop up on occasion. Squirrel hunters further recognize the species by the color of t .....
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There has been a change in the weather in the last few days. We are finally getting some cold weather after one of the mildest winters anyone can remember. It was about seven below zero this morning. Our youngest son tho ..... 
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The bamboo and leaf house sat on a slight knoll overlooking the shoreline. Below, the full fury of the Pacific Ocean pounded the beach with wave after wave of crashing surf. The howling wind caused the coconut trees along ..... 
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Last fall the taxpayers opened their wallets to bail out the Rushford-Peterson school system to the tune of $600,000. Yet no one knows how much our taxes will increase as our tax statement has not ..... 
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