Sciurus niger
(fox squirrel)

Image Caption:
A male fox squirrel looks around after searching a tree hole where an estrous female sat for a while, nosily rebuffing any male who approached her.  When she runs, she leads a trail of eight or so single minded, grunting males; although in the confusion, some males lose track of where the female goes.  According to Steele and Koprowski, when the female bolts from the males, she raises the possibly of mating with a "satellite male" who does not content for the female as vigorously as those males in "active pursuit" (2001).

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Sciurus niger rufiventer (Fox Squirrel) Male Searching for Female
Works Cited:

Steele, M. A. & Koprowski, J. L.  (2001).  North American Tree Squirrels.  Washington and London: Smithsonian.

Image Location: United States, South Dakota, Brookings
Image Date: 2009MAY10
Image Species: Sciurus niger rufiventer
(EXIF Information is accurate, stamped in UTC).

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Updated: 2009MAY13