The fossil record suggests that, before human habitation, Skwovet were no more common in Galar than Yamper or Pidove. But humans planted abundant berry trees, both to feed themselves and strengthen their pokemon, while also clearing away large predators to protect their Wooloo herds – and in doing so, they unwittingly created the perfect environment for the Skwovet to thrive.
Although the people who planted and tended the berry trees have almost universally regarded Skwovet as pests, they could not bring about their extirpation, for Skwovet had powerful protectors. Philosophers and theologians admired these pokemon for their ability to subsist entirely on fruit, and thereby live without killing. Monks often kept Skwovet as companions who might be mistaken for pets, but they referred to their pokemon as masters and themselves as disciples, for it was believed that Skwovet had advanced further in their past lives and that reincarnation as one would bring them one step closer to enlightenment. Even when secular lords gave consent to hunting or poisoning the local Skwovet, these pokemon survived on monastic land, from where they soon recolonized the rest of Galar's orchards.
One might imagine the dissolution of Galar's monasteries to have disastrously effected these pokemon, but the king at the time was far too desperate for state revenues to waste any on Skwovet hunting. As mercantile interests replaced agrarian ones in power, Skwovet continued to be a presence in Galar, occasionally kept as pets, occasionally harvested for fur. In this era, modern production methods have made berry trees abundant, but rural areas are often left search for relevance and a functioning economy. So many farmers saw no choice but to abandon their ancient vendetta against the Skwovet, preferring to use their presence to attract tourists, and allowed them to eat their immense fill.