Columbian Ground Squirrel
I love squirrels. I could spend a whole day just hanging out with them, especially these vocal characters. Columbian Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus) sitting outside the den at Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, Alberta, Canada.
The Columbian ground squirrel , is a species of rodent common in certain regions of Canada and the northwestern United States. It is the second largest member of the genus ''Urocitellus'', which is part of the tribe Marmotini, along with marmots, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and other holarctic ground squirrels. They are stout, with short dense fur, which is characteristically tawny across the bridge of the nose. Social encounters often are initiated with kissing behavior and the most common activity.. more