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One of the most vicious animals in the World, squirrels can
tear apart much larger animals in a horrendous rage!

Just kidding!

In our Canadian Rockies you can find red squirrels, northern flying squirrels, golden mantled ground squirrels, 13 lined ground squirrels and others. Squirrels eat seeds, fruit, insects, fungi, conifer seeds and more. The conifer seeds are very important as they are cut open by squirrels before ripening and then stored for winter sustainance. It is both illegal and unwise to feed any animals in the parks of Alberta. This kindness can kill them!

Squirrels are cute, curious and downright bold. However you should not feed them as they carry fleas, they can bite and you can cause them harm with any kind of human food. If you love animals leave them alone, please!

Are squirrels nearby? Watch for piles of cones on stumps or the ground. Keep eyes open for midden (which is the discarded shells of previous nutmeals) at the base of a tree and. The sharp-eyed may possibly see a mushroom which an ambitious squirrel has left on a branch to dry in the sun.

Squirrels will snip conifer cones from the higher branches of evergreens and let them fall to the ground. Later they group them up and put them into storage for the winter!


Pull up a stump in the Canadian
Rockies and watch the show!

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Golden Mantled squirrels
are the acrobatic charmers of the forest. Their humorous antics and flash in the pan reflexes make them a tourist favorite. About a foot in length and half pound in weight they are smaller than their cousins. Chestnut brown is the fur with a white ring around the eyes. Two black stripes run most of the length of the body.

SQUIRRELS
(Sperophilus lateralis)

Red squirrels are very common in the Rockies. They hide, live, eat and drink in forests. Their high strung nature and constant loud chatter makes them very visible and very popular. In many cases they are scolding YOU for entering their private nut-kingdom. Fur is glossy and brown and the underside is white. They too have a white eye-ring and sport a long tail. They launch themselves from branch to branch and scoot up trees faster than humans run downhill!

SQUIRRELS(Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
Nicknames; chickaree, fairydiddle, piney

  

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