On Shore, not all squirrels created equal It's unwise to draw a bead on area's protected breed


November 16, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

A couple of years ago, while strapped into a treestand during deer firearms season near Grasonville on the Eastern Shore, a number of Delmarva fox squirrels, an endangered species, shared the surrounding tree limbs.

The late afternoon and early evening were slow for hunting, but the few hours spent watching the large, bushy-tailed squirrels was entertaining, as they skittered around, chasing one another among the slender branches.

And when seen up close, the differences between the endangered species, for which there is no open hunting season, and the gray squirrel are easily noticed.

The Delmarva fox squirrel and the gray squirrel, which can be hunted, are sometimes taken to be the same animal.

But the Delmarva fox squirrel is larger and has a uniformly steel-gray fur and cream to white undersides. It also has a bushy, steel-colored tail; thick, rounded ears; a stubby neck, and white slippers.

The gray squirrel's fur is reddish to brown on the neck, head and tail.

While the largest numbers of Delmarva fox squirrels are found in Dorchester and Talbot counties, colonies of the endangered species now exist in all Eastern Shore counties.

Killing a Delmarva fox squirrel can result in a $100,000 fine or a year in jail, so hunters should be certain to identify the species of squirrel they are hunting.

In addition to widespread areas of Talbot and Dorchester counties, other areas where the fox squirrel is known to exist are:

Southern areas of Queen Anne's County;

Fowling Creek and southern areas of Caroline County;

Quaker Neck, Chesapeake Farms, Eastern Neck Island and the Worton Area in Kent County;

Dividing Creek near Cokesbury and south of U.S. 13 near Cottage Grove in Somerset County;

Southwest of Salisbury between Wicomico Creek and Wicomico River in Wicomico County;

In the vicinity of E.A. Vaughn Wildlife Management Area in Worcester County.

WoodenBoat Show

The WoodenBoat Show sponsored by WoodenBoat Magazine will be held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum June 26-28, moving the national show out of New England for the first time in its seven-year history.

"We've always wanted to take the show outside of New England," said show manager Valerie LaFrance. "WoodenBoat has a lot of readers in the mid-Atlantic region, so Chesapeake Bay was an easy choice for us."

The show is expected to draw up to 15,000 people and will include vendors selling everything from builders' plans and construction and repair services to how-to books, schools, artwork and adhesives.

Three-time champion

Danielle Brennan, a senior economics major at St. Mary's College, recently won the International Collegiate Yacht Racing Association women's single-handed national title for the third time.

"Danielle is the Tiger Woods of women's sailing," said St. Mary's sailing coach Adam Werblow. "She continues to dominate this sport."

Pub Date: 11/16/97

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