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Friday, February 29, 2008

Squirrel Pox threatens Anglesey

The Squirrel Pox has been found in a Red Squirrel on the island of Anglesey in what conservationist belive could be a devastating blow for the islands Red Population. During a similar outbreak in Newborough Forest in 2006 the Reds were able to be safegarded, howevert Angleseys population at Pentraeth live in much higher densities than population in Cumbrias so the risk of cross contamination is greater.

The Grey is currently being eradicated from Anglesey as Anglesey is seen as one of the few areas south of Scotland where it has a chance of prospering. I have to say I'm normally against culls but in this instance I can see that given the limited area and access to Anglesey it actually has a chance of working.

2 comments:

Toffeeapple said...

More sad news! I'm with you on the cull in this instance however much it saddens me.

Tricia said...

Can't really add to what Toffeeapple has said - my sentiments exactly.