United Ground Squirrel

Uinta Ground Squirrel

A close relative of the Piute ground squirrel, the Uinta ground squirrel (Urocitellus armatus) inhabits eastern Idaho, southern Montana, western Wyoming, and northern Utah. Hibernating up to 9 months out of the year, these squirrels form a key prey base for many breeding raptors within its range.

High in a wet mountain meadow within the Uinta Mountains of Northern Utah, this Uinta ground squirrel was enjoying the fresh greenery beginning to sprout up from the newly snow-free soil.

No doubt several mountain dwelling raptors prey upon this foundational species including Golden Eagles and Northern Goshawks.

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