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SURVEYS of red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) populations in Northern Ireland over recent decades have shown a reduction in some populations. Suspected competition for resources with the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and the recent squirrelpox virus (SQPV) outbreak, which caused high mortality among the red squirrel population in Tollymore Forest, County Down, Northern Ireland, in early 2011 are likely contributing factors to this picture.
Other viral diseases, such as adenovirus, have been described in recent years (Everest and others 2010), where sporadic and group losses have been recorded in both free-ranging and captive …
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