Wanted: Public Help Mapping Fox Squirrel Sites

By: FWC Release
By: FWC Release

You can use the FWC’s Google map application at https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/foxsquirrel/GetLatLong.aspx to enter the location where you spotted the fox squirrel.

For more information about fox squirrels, visit the “Species Profiles” area of MyFWC.com/Wildlife.

 

Tallahassee, Florida - September 23, 2011 -

If you have seen a big squirrel with a long, bushy, fox-like tail, Florida wildlife biologists need your help.

What you saw was a Florida fox squirrel, and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking you to go online and record your sighting of this creature twice the size of an ordinary squirrel. Fox squirrels often have distinctive, masked faces with a black head and white nose and ears but, there are wide variations in coloration - from tan to gray or black.

You can use the FWC’s Google map application at https://public.myfwc.com/hsc/foxsquirrel/GetLatLong.aspx to enter the location where you spotted the fox squirrel. Your squirrel sighting will be logged automatically and assigned a specific latitude and longitude.

“The fox squirrel survey is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults to become amateur naturalists and get involved in conserving Florida’s wildlife. We will learn more about where the Florida fox squirrels are by asking the public to go online and report their sightings of fox squirrels,” said FWC wildlife biologist Courtney Hooker.

The fox squirrel survey is part of a research project by the FWC and the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. It combines the latest in online-mapping technology with the public’s enthusiasm about sharing their wildlife observations. The fox squirrel survey began in August, and data will be collected through at least January 2012. So far about 600 sightings of fox squirrels have been logged online.

Fox squirrels have been observed throughout Florida in open woods, pine and cypress stands and mangrove swamps, but knowledge about their distribution is limited. Fox squirrels spend more time on the ground than in trees and often escape their enemies by running rather than climbing. Their favorite food is pine seed.

The Sherman’s fox squirrel is found in the pine forests of central and northeast Florida and is classified as a state species of special concern. The Big Cypress fox squirrel is a state-threatened species in southwest Florida. The Southeastern fox squirrel lives in the Panhandle. All of Florida’s fox squirrels are protected from hunting.


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  • by J Casanova Location: Perry Georgia on Apr 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    Saw three large specimins light in color with black masks. They were on a 3000 acre private hunting reserve called Browndale Plantation. This Property is owned by Tollsen Lumber.
  • by sonia david Location: north lakeland on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    there is one living in a tree in my back yard- i c him playing with the grey squirrels occasionally- i first spotted him about 2 months ago and c him about once a week
  • by Bubba Location: Woodsville on Sep 28, 2011 at 10:14 PM
    Y'all keep on post'n. Ima goin ta be eat'n real good ya hear...
  • by Danny Location: Orange City, Fl. on Sep 28, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    I saw a large one in the Victoria Hills golf course (Deland) and others in the Crane Lakes golf course (Port Orange).Beautiful animal!!
  • by Jim Location: Manatee County on Sep 25, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    The Fox Squirrel continues to feed on our Bird Feeder located on the Palm-Air Country Club. We believe the family is nested in a pine stand of the fourth fairway. They jump from the ground level to the feeder (about 5 feet). Most recent sighting was today on the fairway.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    Otter Lake area in Panasewer.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2011 at 06:19 PM
    They are no longer in my area. Ditto skunks. Don't know why, maybe coyotes got them.
  • by TK on Sep 23, 2011 at 06:19 PM
    I saw 1 on wakulla springs road a while back about halfway between 61 and 267. That's near the place I also saw the biggest eastern diamondback rattler i have ever seen (about 7 feet long but i ain't about to measure no rattler)and i've seen some bigguns.
  • by squirlrelhunter Location: leon on Sep 23, 2011 at 03:06 PM
    let me write this down. now where have you seen the squirrel's THANK'S FOR THE INFO PEOPLE.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Sep 23, 2011 at 02:37 PM
    They say: "it's not a boondoggle, unless it costs money." Try spotting a wild ferret? I see fox squirrels around 3 or 4 miles north of the intersection between US-319 and US-98 in the area of St. James, and St Teresa(and normally on the east side of the road). About ten years ago me and the wife saw a ferret in the wild. Now that's tricky.
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