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Tamiasciurus douglasii (Bachman, 1839)
Douglas Squirrel
Family: Sciuridae


© Les Leighton     (Photo ID #8978)


Distribution of Tamiasciurus douglasii in British Columbia.
Source: Map courtesy of David Nagorsen


Douglas Squirrel is a small species of diurnal, conifer-associated pine squirrel that is found in the southwestern corner of British Columbia, along the coast and on a handful of islands in Howe Sound and Desolation Sound. It is similar to the Red Squirrel--a species that is more widely spread in the province and in Canada, but is not found in the southwestern coastal areas of the province where the Douglas Squirrel is found. Because the Douglas Squirrel is dependent on old growth and mature forests, it is often displaced in its BC range by urban development and removal of required forest habitat. In some locations in BC, it can co-occur with the introduced Eastern Grey Squirrel.

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeS4S5YellowNot Listed

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Species References

Nagorsen, David W. 2005. Rodents and Lagomorphs of British Columbia. Royal BC Museum Handbook. Royal BC Museum, Victoria.