• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel
A Fox Squirrel on the lawn at Fort Scott.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The Fox Squirrel is a non-native introduced from the East. It feeds on nuts. This species nests high in trees. Its breeding season runs from January through February and also from August through September.

General Distribution: Within the Presidio this species may be found in Monterey Cypress and Monterey Pine woodlands and also in mixed forests habitats.

Frequency: This is a rare inhabitant in the Presidio.

Identifying Characteristics: In general, this rodent has a rusty-yellow body with a pale yellow orange belly. It is noted for its bushy tail with tawny tips.


Did You Know?

Franciscan monk

In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote, "The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."