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Mystery surrounds grey squirrel found in 'impossible location'

By T.K. Randall
June 8, 2024 · Comment icon 2 comments
Grey squirrel.
How did a grey squirrel get onto the island ? (file photo) Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 AskALotl
Conservationists have been left puzzled by the discovery of an invasive species of squirrel on a Scottish island.
Grey squirrels might seem like innocuous forest dwellers, but in Europe and the UK, these animals are considered to be an invasive species and it is actually illegal to introduce them into the wild.

This is because, in addition to damaging trees, grey squirrels are harmful to other local wildlife, in particular the native red squirrel that has been all-but wiped out in some parts of the UK.

Local authorities also have to spend large amounts of money and time trying to control their numbers.

Up in Scotland, red squirrels are more plentiful, but grey squirrels are still a concern.
Most recently, conservationists were left perplexed when a grey squirrel was photographed on the Isle of Seil - a Scottish island situated over 100 miles from the nearest known population.

"Seil is a very unusual location, in fact it's an almost impossible location for a grey squirrel to be in," said Katie Berry of Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels.

"We cannot say for sure how it got there. Potentially it may have got up via some sort of transport."

"We very much hope it is a one-off."

Source: BBC News | Comments (2)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by qxcontinuum 4 days ago
I know what happened :   
Comment icon #2 Posted by Tatetopa 4 days ago
Guess it is not impossible if one was found there. Human intervention is one possibility.

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