Friday, July 27, 2012

The Kent Ohio (and Beyond) Black Squirrels

Sending props to (I miss you Northeast Ohio!)...
Kent Ohio's Black Squirrelshere is a Black Squirrel Adventure Triathlon, Black Squirrel Festival, Black Squirrel Music, Black Squirrel Gallery, Black Squirrel Radio, Black Squirrel Woodworking, Black Squirrel Books, Black Squirrel Brewing…even the Kent State campus police have adopted the black squirrel as a safety symbol. The list goes on and on!
It started fifty years ago, February 1961. That’s when Larry Woodell, superintendent of grounds at Kent State University, and M. W. Staples, a retired executive of the Davey Tree Expert Co. imported ten black squirrels from Ontario, Canada. A second trip was made in March to obtain more squirrels. Both men worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service and American and Canadian Customs for over six months to gain permission to move the squirrels.
By 1964, the Kent Record-Courier observed that there were up to 150 squirrels in the area. No similar concentrations existed in the central and eastern parts of Ohio prior to 1961. Today they own the campus. In addition to Kent, black squirrel sightings have been reported throughout northeast Ohio in places such as: Warren, Cleveland, Barberton, Akron, and Canton.

Black Squirrels number only 1 in 10,000 squirrels found throughout North America. With odds like that, it makes black squirrels rare; when something is rare, people associate it with LUCK —one could conclude it’s very lucky to live in Kent, Ohio.

The above information is from

The below photo was taken by me in Mogadore, Ohio.
I used to work in Kent, Ohio, and the black squirrels were so common there that I easily forgot they are considered "rare".  They were a daily sighting.  Heck, we even saw gray squirrels with black tails or the other way around!  Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of that for you.  But, if you insist, I could go back for a visit until I get such a photo!
(c) Misty DawnS

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Horst in Edmonton

Amazing looking Squirrel. Great capture.

Coloring Outside the Lines

Wow...what a great shot!


Oh what a beautiful model, it really posed for you, the feet are even on cue :)


my sis has some of these in her yard in wisconsin. they're very handsome.


He's a handsome one. I have never seen a black squirrel before and enjoyed learning about them. Thanks Misty.

i beati

love them


Great capture!


Wow! Gorgeous squirrel and post full of info! Thanks for hosting, Misty!


I am so pleased to learn there is another kind of squirrel.....I love watching these little creatures....

Tammy Lee Bradley

I love squirrels. I feed them, not the birds. :)


Really a wonderful picture. It makes me want to see a black squirrel for the first time, in person.


what a cute squirrel :-) beautiful shot :-) Dropping by from Camera Critters


Nice shot...can't wait to see the bi-colored squirrels. 8v)

Jidhu Jose


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Such a beautiful shot. Visiting from Camera critters.

Our CRITTERS, your comment will be greatly appreciated. Have a great Saturday!

Lisa Gordon

I think these are just beautiful creatures Misty. It is a definite rarity to see one around here, so this is a special treat. Wonderful photograph!

I hope you are having a fantastic weekend!

Chubskulit Rose

wow look at that bushy tail. Hopping by from camera critters.

Some Cardinal shots, come and see.


He's so cool! He almost looks blue :0)

Adrienne Zwart

I, too, forget they are rare. The population here is about 50/50 gray vs. black. I love their shining eyes!


I first saw a black squirrel at Niagara Falls last October. They are pretty fantastic.


Wildlife Service and American and Canadian Customs for over six months to gain permission to move the squirrels

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What a beautiful squirrel! I've certainly not seen any this color.

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