7 long and glorious years

On March 6, 2014, the mighty Squirrelogy crew tagged a healthy female gray squirrel in the shagbark hickory stand along the Saco River. We located her 39 times (see map) until June 4, 2019, when we lost contact with her collar. A few days ago, this squirrel turned up dead, found by a grounds crew, in the core area where we monitored her. How did she evade detection for so long? She had at least six breeding seasons, two per season. The average litter size is 8, so she could have had up to 96 offspring. Wow. What a life.

The home range of 181 between March and June, 2014.