The Delmarva fox squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus) is a subspecies of fox squirrel found only on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Delmarva fox squirrel's distribution was down to less than 10 percent of its historic range in the 1960's, which led to its being among the first species listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The species has since rebounded, and in 2015 the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that the species was stable enough to be delisted.
Despite their regional rebound, the Delmarva fox squirrel is still rare in Delaware, with only two confirmed locations in Sussex County. In an effort to put the Delaware population back on its feet, the Division of Fish & Wildlife has drafted a conservation plan for the species.
Report a Delmarva Fox Squirrel Sighting
Delmarva Fox Squirrel Conservation Plan