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As the name suggests, the eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur, but it can have a brownish color. It has a usual white underside as compared to the typical brownish-orange underside of the fox squirrel. It has a large bushy tail. Particularly in urban situations where the risk of predation is reduced, both white- and black-colored individuals are quite often found. The melanistic form, which is almost entirely black, is predominant in certain populations and in certain geographic areas, such as in large parts of southeastern Canada.
Golden Gate Park
Eastern Gray Squirrels were introduced into Golden Gate Park perhaps as early as 1890, because they are tamer than the native Western Gray Squirrel and will take peanuts from people.