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I travel a lot and see many critters off of the roads and interstates as I drive daily. I go to this one place now and then to do work and they have a lot of woods and a stream down the hill. I have seen this black squirrel a few times there. He was brave today and came out. Got a pic or two. He actually has a white tip on his tail. Early today I was on Interstate 95 and a white critter caught my eye also. I thought it was a goat at first but then realized it is state lands and an isolated area of no houses. There was a big hill and it was a pure white deer. Extremely big and thinking it was a buck but they just shed their antlers if it was. Wish I had a pic of him. I was traveling about 70MPH and there is a huge dam a few hundred yards from where I seen him so recognized the area.
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Not meaning to sound like a wise azz, but the only place I've come across black squirrels was in the Bronx. None in the area of where I live, plenty Red, Brown and Grey. I have seen a white (Piebald) deer around here a few years back.
 

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Cool, around these here parts we have plenty of grey squirrels and a few red squirrels here and there. The only dear we have around here in the high desert are big non-typicalnon-typical muley's & a few of them are piebald. As a matter of fact somebody on the bench got a few pictures of a piebald at the cemetery off latah st . not too long ago
 

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I believe that the black squirrel is just a mutation of the gray squirrel. There is a population of them in North East Ohio on the Kent State University campus. We found several of them on a campus visit with our son last year. I'd like to bag one and put it on my wall.
 
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Not meaning to sound like a wise azz, but the only place I've come across black squirrels was in the Bronx. None in the area of where I live, plenty Red, Brown and Grey. I have seen a white (Piebald) deer around here a few years back.
And I see them just to the north of the
Bronx, in Yonkers. There was a piebald deer around the county police barracks on the Saw Mill River Pkwy.
 

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We have three or four black squirrels who come to our yard to eat the stale bread and seed we put out for the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks. The grays in the neighborhood bully them.
 
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was the squirrel a fox squirrel? they are about twice the size of a common gray squirrel. fox squirrels come in black, red or silver fur. a black gray squirrel would be a real rarity.
Its not a Fox squirrel. We have Delmarva Fox squirrels here and protected. But we also have them on far west side of the state and called the Eastern Fox squirrel. I have one in the freezer and he is huge.
 

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In Northwest Ohio where I grew up we had them and right across the borders in Mich., and Indiana. If you do a Google search there was an article about this in Field and Stream or Outdoor Life. If I remember correctly they are a sub genius of the Gray Squirrel. But don't quote me on that, its been awhile since I read it.
 

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We have them in certain locations in Iowa. I got a pair of live ones and turned them loose in a public hunting area not far from home. I then asked my pals not to shoot them because I wanted them to populate.

Well, one of my pals quickly shot one of them. Yeah, I was mighty upset about that, considering all the trouble of getting the pair.

We have them at a location 50 miles from home and another population at 80 miles from home, all north and west of here in SE Iowa, Burlington.

Otherwise, we hunt fox and gray squirrels. I have never traveled to the black squirrel areas to hunt them but would like to.
 

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I live in Omaha, NE and right across the Missouri River from Council Bluffs, IA Their squirrel population is predominately black. That was one of the first things I noticed when I moved here back in 1981. I worked in Council Bluffs at the time and when I asked about the black squirrels, people said, that's about all we have here. To this day, I've never understood why there are black squirrels in Council Bluffs and barely any in Omaha. Apparently they aren't strong enough to swim across the river. :)
 
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