Okanagan's Most Unwanted

Partners in Crime by Brandon & Maddie

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife is a wetland invasive species that was introduced to North America in the late 1800's. It is native to Great Britain and Europe and may have been transported unintentionally by soil transfer from ships. In Canada it was planted as an ornamental plant in Port Alberni in 1916.

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Sciurus Cardinensis

  • 1914 - 8 Eastern Gray Squirrel imported from New York were placed in Stanley Park
  • grey fur but can also be black or reddish brown
  • long bushy tail 19-25 cm long
  • long slightly hairy ears

Invasive Species

  • strips bark from oak trees and prevents germination by cutting out root of acorns
  • prey on nesting birds, eggs and nestlings
  • competes with native bird species for tree cavities
  • spotted in Kelowna in 2012
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  • don't feed or relocate Gray squirrels
  • keep bird feeders, garbage and pet food covered
Eastern gray squirrel video clips - Summer 2011 - 1080p