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There's a Black Squirrel bus route, a Black Squirrel Festival, and Black Squirrel Radio. There's Black Squirrel bumper stickers. Part of Kent's new multi-million dollar downtown rebuilding project is called Acorn Alley. What's up with these critters?

Still considered rare, about one in every 10,000 squirrels is black, according to experts.

Wooddell's friend, "Biff" Staples, a retired Davey Tree employee, had seen black squirrels on a business trip to Ontario, Canada. After six months of negotiations with the Canadian government , the pair drove to Ontario in February 1961 to pick up 10 squirrels trapped by Canadian wildlife authorities.

Black squirrels were taken from somewhere else, but they've found a new home in Kent. They're everywhere now.

Aww, cute little guys. We take them for granted now, and squirrels may be considered a pest to some, but it just wouldn't be Kent without the black squirrels.

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