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China’s Massive Reforestation Being Undone By Small Forest Animals

Squirrels rarely eat bark in this way in untouched, natural forests where they live on fruits, seeds, insects and bird eggs, Fu Yiqiang, a zoologist at Leshan Normal University said. However, commercial forests, which are usually monocultures made up of one kind of tree, do not have a thriving ecosystem which can provide squirrels with a diverse diet, which leads to them mainly eating bark for sustenance, Fu said. Fu added that these kinds of forests also lack predators, so the squirrel population often explodes in size. (Click on title for full story.)