Have you ever seen a white squirrel in North Carolina?
From Toxaway to Cashiers and Flat Rock to Brevard, there are plenty of opportunities for you to see the white squirrel in western North Carolina. Scroll down to see where the locals recommend you go for the best chance to spot one.
Many visitors to Transylvania County suspect they are albino. Yet, the white squirrel is in the same family as the common grey squirrel.
History of the white squirrel in North Carolina.
As the story goes, Brevard’s white squirrels originated from a carnival animal truck. According to Brevard resident Mrs. W.E. Mull, a pair of white squirrels was given to her brother-in-law, H.H. Mull, by Mr. Black of Madison, Florida, in 1949. A carnival truck had overturned near Black’s home and the squirrels were caught by Mr. Black when he observed them playing in his pecan grove.
Mull gave the critters to his niece, Barbara, who unsuccessfully tried to breed them. In 1951 she married and left home. Eventually, one of the white squirrels escaped and Mr. Mull soon let the other one go. Before long, the squirrels began breeding in the wild and appeared in several areas of town.
The white squirrels became so prized that the Brevard City Council voted to approve an ordinance declaring and establishing a sanctuary for squirrels, especially the white ones, in 1986. And that it “shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, kill, trap, or otherwise take any protected squirrels within the city by this section.”