Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis)

Sources: http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/goldensquirrel.htm http://kenstoreylab.com/?page_id=1165

The Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel is a squirrel. It eats food it finds and is prey to other animals. A noticeable characteristic is their resemblance to chipmunks. They're not chipmunks, they're squirrels.

They live in forests that are on mountains. The Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel also likes to roll in dirt and immediately clean itself afterward for some reason. Some food it likes to eat are fungi, insects, and food given to it by humans.

Humans?

The impact humans have on theses squirrels is a simple one: food. These squirrels are given food for just being cute. Some tourists do this even if the park explicitly states don't feed the squirrels!

Adorably eating a stick.

A solution to this problem is to not feed the squirrels, no matter how cute they look.

Resist the cuteness.

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