Rambling LA: Native gray

Western gray squirrel, Sciurus griseus. Photo: Terry Spivey Photography, Bugwood.org.

By Ilsa Setziol

Who hasn’t watched their backyard squirrels scurry along power lines, spiral up and down tree trunks, whip their tails and holler “chkk-chkk-chkk” at trespassing scrub jays?

Now that autumn trees are full of acorns, the antics are in overdrive.

Surprisingly, though, the squirrels leaping from bough to bough in urban Los Angeles aren’t native.