Columbian Ground squirrel - Urocitellus Columbianus
DescriptionThe Columbian ground squirrel has white-speckled brown, black and gray fur on its head and back. It has reddish-tan fur on its face and nose, chest, undersides and legs. It has a reddish-black tail and white around its eyes.
The Columbian ground squirrel is found in Canada in eastern British Columbia and Western Alberta. In the United States, it is found in eastern Oregon and Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana.
The Columbian ground squirrel is found in open alpine meadows, dry grasslands, and brushy areas.
Mating season is in the early spring after the squirrels awake from hibernation. Males come out of hibernation first. The females wake up a week later.
Columbian ground squirrels live in colonies. Females usually stay with the colony they were born into; males leave their birth colony.