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Letter: Squirrels are not endangered

By Paul Presler, Vancouver
Published: June 1, 2023, 6:00am

I do love wildlife but when it comes to the western squirrel, I see destruction. There must be 5 trillion in Vancouver alone, who wreak havoc on trying to have a home garden. They dig up everything you plant. They chew on your house, on your outside wires or find a way to nest in your attic. They have babies, up to nine young twice a year.

State wildlife officials are proposing to reclassify the western gray squirrel, currently listed as a threatened species in Washington, as an endangered species that is at risk of extinction. They need to take them off the threatened species list in Washington state, period.

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