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San Bernardino Flying SquirrelThe Forest Service is looking for Flying Squirrels

Hello, Big Bear Tract Cabin Owners,

The Forest Service has asked us to communicate to you the following appeal for information about flying squirrels in our local forest. Please read their message and news release, and then reply with your feedback to the email or telephone number shown below. Thanks very much. ____________________________________________________

Dear Recreation Residence Tract Residents,

If cabin owners have seen any flying squirrels at their tracts, we would like to hear from them. We are particularly interested in the following information:

  • Name/address of site
  • Approximate dates/years of observations
  • What was the flying squirrel doing?
  • Do you see them regularly?

Please share this email with as many cabin owners and users as possible.  If anyone has sightings to report, please contact our District Wildlife Biologist, Robin Eliason. Her contact information is below. Thank you. We appreciate your help.

Robin Eliason District Wildlife Biologist Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest Mountaintop Ranger District Phone: 909-382-2832 Fax:  909-866-2867

P.O. Box 290 41374 North Shore Drive Fawnskin, CA 92333-0290



U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest For Immediate Release Contact: John Miller at (909) 382-2788 Twitter: @sanbernardinonf

In Search of the San Bernardino Flying Squirrel – Have You Seen One?

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., April 21, 2015 – If you have seen a flying squirrel, the US Forest Service would like to hear from you. The San Bernardino flying squirrel is a subspecies of the northern flying squirrel. It is only known from the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains although it has not been seen in the San Jacinto Mountains for about twenty years.

Flying squirrels are closer in size to chipmunks than our larger native gray squirrels. They are nocturnal and have large flaps of skin that connect their front and hind feet. These flaps of skin allow them to glide from tree to tree. They do not fly in the same way that birds do – no flapping is involved. Their flat tail is used as a rudder to steer as they glide.

US Forest Service biologists have been studying flying squirrels on the Mountaintop District of the San Bernardino National Forest since the early 1990’s. Research is needed to have a better understanding of the current distribution, their habitat requirements, and the status of the population. Much of what we know about the distribution is based on reports from residents who see flying squirrels at their bird feeders at night or those who have found dead flying squirrels.

If you have seen flying squirrels in our local mountains, please report the sighting information to Robin Eliason ( 909-382-2832). Photographs would also be appreciated.