squirrel.jpgWhy are there so few squirrels in SF? I’m originally from NY/NJ and they’re rampant there… I saw one scurry by the other day and I realized that’s maybe the 3rd squirrel I’ve seen since moving to SF 2+ years ago. Is there any reason why they’re not as common?

Lucy Burlingham, Squirrel Team Leader (yes, there’s a Squirrel Team – AWESOME, right?) at Wildcare Bay Area told me that the paltry amount of squirrels in San Francisco is due to our lack of trees/excess of concrete.

“Squirrels jump from treetop to treetop, and most of San Francisco has lots of concrete and few trees. It’s not squirrel habitat” she says.

If you’re looking for squirrels, head to Golden Gate Park — Belingham said that Jamie Ray, a San Francisco wildlife rehabber, rarely treats squirrels, but when she does they’re almost always from there (due to the trees and the fact that people feed them).

Think of “Ask the Appeal” as your own personal genie: no Bay-related question is too big or too small. Whether you’re concerned with a municipal question, a consumer advocacy issue or simply with consuming alcohol, email us your questions at ask@sfappeal.com (or, find answers to past questions here). We’ll either do the dirty work and talk to the folks in charge, contact an expert in the field, or – if your question is particularly intriguing or juicy – develop it into a full-blown investigative article.

Please make sure your comment adheres to our comment policy. If it doesn't, it may be deleted. Repeat violations may cause us to revoke your commenting privileges. No one wants that!