the squirrel blog begins with a sad snowy note….

Ahhh the first UNE squirrel blog, how exciting.  This project has become far more active…and interesting then I imagined when it began in the Fall of 2009.  The squirrelologist crew this semester includes 11 super dedicated students out trapping and following our radio collared squirrels through the deep snow and cold cold temps.  Which leads to why this first blog begins on a sad note.  075, a very wandering male, was found dead two days ago, burried in a foot of snow near the beach.  A necropsy is in process and I will post as soon as I hear anything back.  The squirrel did not have any apparent wounds, but it did have plenty of fleas.  It amazes me that fleas can make it through the harsh Maine winter; their nests must be amazingly warm and insulated.  I wish I could get into one (minus the fleas of course).

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