Squirrels can often be seen scampering around and digging up holes throughout forests. This behavior is what’s known as “scatter-hoarding,” in which squirrels will store various meals in temporary caches around their habitat. Sometimes, the gray squirrel won’t come back to a hoard of food for several months, and it’s estimated they make over a thousand caches each season. Talk about having a good memory!
Squirrels are common in forests, cities, and suburbs all across North America. They can be eaten by many mammalian predators, including lynxes, mink, weasels, bobcats, and wolves. Additionally, bird predators include owls, eagles, and hawks. While they are far from endangered, populations of Gray Squirrels have been declining in the past few decades due to habitat loss as urban sprawl has decimated woodlands in the eastern United States. They have also been introduced to Great Britain and South Africa.