I have been so happy to see so many gray squirrels lately. A few years ago they were completely irradiated from the mountains by an infection that almost completely destroyed them . It has been many years since mountain residents and visitors have seen the bushy gray squirrels but they’re making a comeback.
Seeing the tiny ones race across the road on Keller Peak Road (and on some of the local roads) is a thrill as I silently “cheer them on” so they get safely to the other side. For the past several weeks, as I drive up and down Keller Peak Road, I smile as I avoid hitting them as they scamper across the street as fast as they can. The return of this species is good news……especially for the squirrels! In the past few weeks I would say that I have seen perhaps two or three hundred, particularly in the forest. It’s hard to count them because the little ones simply don’t stand still! How rude!