The endangered carolina northern flying squirrel is ready to take back its home. This squirrel hasexisted all the way back to the days of the Ice Age; however, there are many factors threateningtheir very survival. For instance, according to the Fish and Wildlife Services, habitat destruction,introduction of foreign pests (the balsam woolly adelgid),deforestation, recreational andresidential development, pollution, and climate change, are all putting the ecosystem housing thecarolina northern flying squirrel in great peril.Northern flying squirrels are a brown backed, grey/ white bellied subspecies of the northernflying squirrel. The most distinct part of their appearance is the loose skin that attaches itselffrom the squirrels wrist to its ankles. This forms the membrane that the squirrel uses to glide.Due to their gliding nature, their home is typically high in elevation and surrounded byspruce-northern hardwoods and spruce-fir forests. You can find them spread throughout NorthCarolina, Virginia, and Tennessee, and these areas tend to be moist and cool in temperature. The
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