Richardson’s Ground Squirrel a.k.a. gopher

Richardson's Ground Squirrel, gopher peeking out of his burrowThe Richardson’s Ground Squirrel, also known as the ‘gopher’, is a small rodent found in the grasslands of North America. While it is at home in the pastures and fields of the prairies it has learned to adapt and thrive in our developed areas as well, often in the absence of its natural predators.  Ground squirrels play an important part in the grassland ecosystem, but are also a pest, damaging agricultural crops and damaging property with their excavating activities.

If you are interested in learning more about Richardson’s Ground Squirrel’s a great place to start is with the research of Dr. Gail Michener at the University of Lethbridge, AB

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