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About a week ago Leonard and I were walking along the Pacific Crest Trail in Warner Valley near Drakesbad (Plumas Cunty CA). The three mammals species we encountered were intently eating and much too preoccupied to be concerned by our … Continue reading

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Ground Squirrel Hibernation

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Recently Leonard and I were walking along the road to Schonchin Springs near Little Medicine Lake (Siskiyou County CA). This golden-mantled ground squirrel (Citellus lateralis) sat watching us and practically begged to be photographed. He (?) was such a cute … Continue reading

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Ground Squirrel Eating Gooseberry

Sierra gooseberries (Ribes roezlii) are covered in sharp spines. Tasty and sweet, humans can barely pick the well-armored fruits without hand protection, let alone eat them. (See my 07-20-2016 article, “Sierra Gooseberries”). Golden-mantled ground squirrels (Citellus lateralis) have no problem … Continue reading

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Citellus lateralis

The golden-mantled ground squirrel (Citellus lateralis) lives in Western United States and Canada, particularly in the Great Basin. It can be found from 4,500′ to timberline. This cute fellow was photographed along the Bumpus Hell Trail at Lassen Volcanic National … Continue reading

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Young Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels

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Late last summer on the shore of Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park (Shasta County CA) I watched a pair of young golden-mantled grounds squirrels (Citellus lateralis) at play and eating an apple core tossed by a careless hiker. … Continue reading

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