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Columbian Ground Squirrel

Found these guys both in someone's front yard and on the trail in Waterton Lakes national park on Canada Day.

 

The Colombian ground squirrel is Waterton's most common ground squirrel. It is often incorrectly called a "gopher." Although they hibernate for up to 7 months, they are a key prey species for grizzly bears, coyotes and golden eagles. They are found throughout the park. Their preference for shorter grass areas has seen them adapt to the Waterton golf course and other open areas with closely mown vegetation.

 

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Taken on July 1, 2012