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There are nine different species of squirrels that can be found in Michigan. Squirrels vary in size and habitats preferences, but many squirrels can adapt to living near people. Squirrels eat a variety of foods such as seeds, nuts, fruits, flowers, clovers, insects, eggs and even young birds.

Some squirrels spend the winter hibernating. For example, woodchucks (groundhogs) are herbivores, eating vegetation, and spend the winter hibernating when food is unavailable. (Contrary to popular belief, when Groundhog Day comes in February, most woodchucks are still hibernating and do not come out to see their shadow!)

In Michigan, there are nine different species of squirrels!  Fox, gray, red and flying squirrels nest and spend most of their time in trees. Chipmunks, woodchucks and ground squirrels have dens underground and rarely spend time in trees.

Squirrel hunting

  • The two largest tree squirrels (fox and gray) are by far the most hunted species.  This is mostly due to their size and the fact that they provide the most meat to a hunter.  They are active in the daytime and offer challenging hunting opportunities.  Red squirrels are also hunted by some.  Some species may be taken by hunting primarily to resolve nuisance or damage issues.
  • Learn more about squirrel hunting.
  • *Note: Flying squirrels are protected and do not have a hunting season.