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    are black squirrels very common in nebraska? im sittin in the stand and have seen a bunch. They must be evil, because this guy got to within 10 ft of me, and had fire in his eyes....


    then there was this one


    and then this guy....


    had probably 5 or so that came within 10 yards of me.....some closer....
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    Really don't know how common they are but my daughter in Lincoln has them all over her neighborhood. Hadn't really seen any till then........kinda different aren't they!!
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    *shakes head* humm so how quickly will this thread head south?

    Wait was that already a questionable post.. Seriously: in the wild i've seen very few of them I have hit a couple 'pockets' of them before but they were far and few between. City limits and location in the city is a different story.

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    I grew up in Nebraska City and never saw one as a kid. But if you go there now, they seem to be everywhere.

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    Florence Blvd in Omaha is loaded with them, Council Bluffs has a good population. Always see several in Two Rivers State Park.... Can't say I've ever seen one where it'd be legal to shoot em.....

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    20 years ago you only saw them in council bluffs. They have been spreading out since then. They are in Yutan now too.
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    we have them all over in the golf course and surrounding neighborhood that i work at here in lincoln

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    Ive seen 2 before in lincoln, Saw one yesterday in a neighborhood near havelock!
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    Havelock has a bunch. I have one in my yard at 52nd and Holdrege. Dad has one one on hiway 77 and interstate area. They are fairly common in in Lincoln.

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    There was an article in Nebraska Land about them. I'm saying it was in the last couple of years. But, the way my brain works it could have been anywhere in the last 10 yrs.
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    I like to trap them , paint a white stripe down their backs and turn them loose.

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    They are all over in Hastings, especially around the college and Hartwell Park. Usually see at least one a day.
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    must not be seein any deer eh?

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    negatory on the deer, got eaten alive by skeeters, had some other things to do tonight so I called it a day....
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    My mom has these mixtures along with alot of blacks and reds in her lincoln hood.


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    Like what others have said earlier their all over CB, IA. My Father in-law says they are very dominate and will out breed and take over.

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    there was an article awhile ago in the OWH about them. It also stated that they are more aggressive and territorial than the standard red fox squirrel or whatever they are called. I'll second the nebraska city thing, I've seen the exact same thing.

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    I forget where I read it, but someone was saying there is a black morph of gray squirrels as well as a black morph of fox squirrels. Gray squirrels will often out compete fox squirrels if I remember correctly, so maybe that was the reason behind your dad's thinking. Unless there is some major environmental advantage with being black versus red, there shouldn't be any difference in dominance in black vs. red fox squirrels since they're the same species.

    EDIT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern..._red_squirrels

    This says the melanistic (black) morph of the eastern gray squirrel is more aggressive and has spread throughout eastern Canada. I wonder if the black squirrels seen around here are fox or eastern gray?
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    Melanistic black squirrels happen as well in gray squirrels as well as fox squirrels. They are more common in cities and occur in small pockets because their melanism is an expression of a recessive genetic trait. Increase the local populations, like in cities for example, and it allows a greater occurrence of that gene to be expressed.

    Cool looking though. My grandpa has a mount of a black squirrel and an albino squirrel boxing with a chipmunk as the referee. It's kind of random but unique and funny.

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    I have never seen a gray squirrel in Nebraska, only fox. I definately saw more grays then foxes back in Michigan.
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