Okanagans Most Wanted
by hunter wong
Invasive SpeciesAn invasive species is a organism that is not native to the ecosystem. The species has to be from a different ecosystem that has accidentally come to another ecosystem. Since It's from another ecosystem it won't have many predators to eat it up and then it will over populate.
Eastern Fox Squirll
The Eastern Fox Squirrel was sighted in Osoyoos, near the international border in the mid-1980's. The Eastern Fox Squirrel can be seen near Okanagan Falls.
Have you seen this animal?
about 45-70 cm long
large squirrel with a grey body washed with light orange or tan
patches of orange or tan behind the short ears
long, broad, bushy tail, about 20-33 cm long
tail has a tan base, black mid-section and orange at the end, with a deep orange underside
Police have been looking for this animal and they know that it could be using a scientific name like Sciurus Niger.
The Eastern Fox Squirrel has been wrecking plants from your garden and killing crops from farms.
Fox squirrels prefer open, savannah-like habitats, where trees are widely spaced and the understory is open. They are most common in oak-hickory forests but are also found in live oak, mixed forests, cypress and mangrove swamps, and pine forests.
In the early 1800's, Purple Loosestrife was accidentally introduced to Eastern North America in the water ballast of a ship from Europe. It was first planted in this province in a Port Alberni garden in 1916 and has spread across southern British Columbia, with infestations in the Lower Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Okanagan, Kootenay and Omineca regions. The plant was also intentionally introduced as a medicinal plant, and at the hands of beekeepers, Purple Loosestrife yields a popular, quality honey.
Purple Loosestrife occurs widely in wet habitats, such as marshes, and wet prairies, but it also occurs in roadside ditches, on river banks, and at the edges of reservoirs
This plant may look like this:
Shrub-like in appearance
Up to 3 metres tall and 1.5 metres wide
Small, purple flowers arranged in dense, showy spikes
Square stems, sometimes more than 30 per plant
Flowers can be 7-10 mm tall
Leaves are hairy and lance-shaped leaves
Flowers from late July to September