Okanagans Most Wanted

by hunter wong

Invasive Species


Invasive Species

An 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.

Wyoming Wildlife: Mammals - Eastern Fox Squirrel

Purple Loosestrife

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

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