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Western gray squirrels, the forest thumpers

June 22, 2012 by David Rains Wallace

Tree squirrels can seem marginal in cities. But in the bishop pine forests at Point Reyes National Seashore, Western gray squirrels are the only animals known to open pine cones and disperse the seeds. They are bold, sizable, and entirely wild -- unlike their urban cousins. And their sheer bravado shows what a spirited creature a squirrel can be.

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