Delaware is taking in more of a rare squirrel species

DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — A rare squirrel species is being released into a wildlife area in Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reported Sunday that some Delmarva fox squirrels are going to placed in the Assawoman Wildlife Area in Dagsboro this month.

The species was removed from the federal endangered species list in 2015. And they are fairly abundant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. But the species has been slow to expand its range.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and its partners hope to increase the species' numbers and secure its permanence. Squirrels captured from Dorchester County, Maryland, will be released into the wildlife area in southeastern Sussex County in Delaware.

Some of the squirrels will be fitted with collars to track their movements. There are only two known populations of the species in Delaware. They are at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and the Nanticoke Wildlife Area.