A letter written by Paul Presler (“Squirrels are not endangered,” Our Readers’ Views, June 1) was lamenting about the damage that the Western gray squirrel was doing in and around Vancouver. He is sadly mistaken! There are very few, if any, Western gray squirrels to be found in Vancouver. The squirrels to be found here are Eastern gray squirrels, a different animal entirely.
The Eastern gray squirrel is an invasive species brought here by humans. It is much smaller than the Western gray squirrel. The wildlife officials have rightly proclaimed the Western gray squirrel to be a threatened species. One needs only to do a Google search of both species to see the difference between the two, and notice that the Western gray squirrel is not to be found here.