Archive for the ‘Wild But True’ Category

offFebruary 24, 2014

Albino SquirrelSightings of Eastern Gray Squirrels are very common in South Carolina. However, a completely white albino squirrel is quite uncommon. Extremely unusual is the observation of this animal over the last four years in the same general area. This animal is located on the Forest and Wildlife wetland research area in West Columbia. This particular area is home to numerous Barred Owls. A nesting pair of Red Tailed Hawks inhabits a pine tree less than 400 yards from where the squirrel has been observed. You would think his color would make him an easy target for a predator. I guess they don’t like vanilla icing on their squirrels.

offFebruary 24, 2011

Platt-Springs-GatorBiologists with the Forest and Wildlife Group typically capture between three and five alligators per summer as well as remove several dead animals periodically. Most of these alligators are removed from the midlands of South Carolina although we have captured them further south. The Midlands are generally rare in the midstate but the midlands are in the upper most range of the alligator populations in South Carolina.

This 9-foot gator was removed from a neighborhood pond off Platt Springs Road.