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Columbian Ground Squirrel

Spermophilus columbianus columbianus

Subspecies of Ground Squirrel



First Noted by Expedition
May 27, 1806, at Camp Chopunnish, Idaho County, Idaho.
 

Description
Grayish mixed with black above, with indistinct buff spotting. Front of face, forelegs, and belly reddish brown. Forefeet buff. Bushy tail mostly reddish, but edged with white and with some black hairs above, especially at base and tip.
 

Habitat
Variable: alpine meadows, brushy areas, and arid grasslands.
 

Range
Eastern British Columbia and western Alberta south to northeastern Oregon, northern Idaho, and northwestern Montana.
 

Note
In the journals, the Columbian ground squirrel was sometimes referred to as the "barking" or "whistling" squirrel.

Species information from enature.com
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