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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

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Born in June Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel pups grow quickly - Photo by Alan Dibb

This female Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel, seen here with one of her young offspring, selected a Kootenay National Park campground woodpile as a place to raise her litter.  At least 3 other pups were present at this location. The wood pile provides good vantage points to watch and listen for predators, as well as a complex network of passageways to take shelter from the weather or evade predators. Although the mother-pup bond appears strong at present, the pups will soon disperse to establish their own home ranges before hibernation begins in early fall.  Unlike chipmunks, Golden-mantled
Ground Squirrels do not cache food supplies for winter, but rely on accumulated body fat to get through until spring.