Visitors to TORONTO are often surprised and delighted to see our famous Black Squirrels. But for those of us who live here – especially in houses with trees and gardens – these toothy rodents spend 365 days a year chewing through screens, window frames, tree buds, flowerbeds and electric wires. They also take time to perform amazing acrobatics, join your picnic lunch, tease the cats, raid garbage bins, make love, and pee on your windowsill.
Still, we love ’em.
TORONTO isn’t the only city settled by Black Squirrels. Some others . . .
1. WASHINGTON, D. C., the National Zoo
2. MARYSVILLE, Kansas, official mascot.
3. COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa.
4. LONDON, Ontario, transplanted 10 of them to Kent State University in Ohio
5. KENT, Ohio, Kent State University. The black squirrel is the unofficial mascot of the school. Home of a black squirrel road race and an annual “Black Squirrel Festival”.
6. ALBION COLLEGE, Michigan. The black squirrels here have become defining symbols of the college.
7. COLLEGE PARK, University of Maryland. Black squirrels have been spotted in the area.
8. VANCOUVER, University of British Columbia. The black squirrels here are like TORONTO’s – big and fat,. They were introduced to Stanley Park in 1914, and spread from there to the Fraser Valley, Washington State and the North Shore.
9. NEW YORK CITY, Bronx Zoo, Peter Cooper Village and Central Park. They’re thriving in the Big Apple.
10. LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY, the CHILTERN HILLS, Hertfordshire, GIRTON, MADINDLEY and OAKINGTON (near CAMBRIDGE), United Kingdom