Caught on Camera

By Tom Venesky - [email protected]

Lew Matalavy of Wyoming County captured this unique white squirrel on his trail camera last winter. The squirrel sticks out against the drab gray winter woods, and it’s likely an easier target for predators.

Matalavy said white squirrel was spotted on numerous occasions in the area, but there’s no word of any recent sightings. While albinism can occur in any squirrel species, it’s most common in gray squirrels. White squirrels that lack the red eyes of true albinos are the result of a genetic variation known as leucism, which is actually a partial loss of pigmentation in the fur.

Capture anything interesting on your hand-held or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to [email protected]

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By Tom Venesky

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