Pine Martens to be Used as ‘Bouncers’ to Keep Grey Squirrels out of Highlands

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Takeaways:

  • In Scotland, more than 35 artificial pine marten dens are being installed at strategic locations on the grey squirrel’s path of northward migration.
  • This is being done as an attempt to save the Highland red squirrel populations which have been driven out of the country since the introduction of the grey squirrel.
  • Because the red squirrels and martens have evolved together over thousands of years, the reds appear less affected by martens.

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