Squirrels have been referred to as rats with a bushy tails. The common perception of squirrels is the cute creature that stores and eats nuts.
The Eastern Grey Squirrel is the most common squirrel in B.C. and was imported into Stanley Park in 1909. The naturally occurring species for southern B.C. are the Red Squirrel and Douglas Squirrel, both significantly smaller than the grey squirrel.
Squirrels forage for seeds, nuts, acorns, tree buds, berries, leaves and twigs in both urban and forest environments. In the forest habitats squirrels will den in tree cavities and leaf nests but in an urban setting they can set up in chimneys, attics or small openings in building walls.