Believe it or not, in Europe a squirrel war is happening between red and gray species. In 1876 two gray squirrels from the U.S. were introduced into Britain. The grays, it turns out, host a lethal pox to which red squirrels are susceptible. As a result, gray squirrels now number about 5 million, whereas reds have been reduced to around 130,000. In response the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, with help from Prince Charles, has been established with a mission to bait and kill grays. “The importance of preserving Britain’s reds cannot be overstated,” said Prince Charles to the Telegraph. “They are one of the most charming and irresistible of British native mammals and are under ceaseless, pernicious attack by the relentless march of the imported greys.” On the other side of the issue is BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham, who, according to The Guardian, has called participants in this effort "a small band of lunatics" driven by "sentimental racism."
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