Public invited to participate in Florida fox squirrel population study

July 19, 2015

Photo courtesy FWC.

Have you seen any fox squirrels?

In Florida, the fox squirrel can be found in almost every county, but the distribution is patchy and not well understood. To better understand fox squirrel distribution, a new research project conducted by the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking people across the state to report their fox squirrel sightings.

The fox squirrel, named for its fox–like tail, is a charismatic mammal approximately twice the size of the common gray squirrel. The coloration of the fox squirrel is highly variable, ranging from a creamy tan to all black versus the gray squirrel which is primarily gray with an off-white chest.

If you spot any fox squirrels in the wild, report the location to: