Quotes from Joel Brown, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and co-founder of the website Project Squirrel, appeared in a USA Today article entitled “Black Squirrels in Michigan Popping up in More Places,’ which discusses the prevalence in southeast Michigan of black squirrels, a variety with which many residents are unfamiliar.
“Black squirrels do better in areas where they are safe from predators, said Joel Brown, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago … In urban areas, gray squirrels are slowly taking over from fox squirrels, another common species of squirrels that have orange-colored bellies, he said. That's because urban habitats hold fewer predators than in the past. Cats and dogs, for example, are more likely to be kept indoors, he said.”
To read the full article, as well as more quotes from Brown, visit the USA Today website here.