- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Department of the Interior says the Delmarva fox squirrel, an animal included on the first Endangered Species, is no longer at risk of extinction.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will remove the fox squirrel from the list next month, the department said in a news release on Friday.

The squirrel was one of 78 species listed under the Endangered Species Preservation Act in 1967.

The Delmarva fox squirrel is larger than most squirrels, the Interior Department says. They have silver-gray coats with white bellies, and smaller ears and fuller tails. They live in forested areas, and their decline was due to forest clearing for agriculture and development, short-rotation timber harvest and over-hunting.

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