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Rocky Mountain National Park Off The Beaten Path: 18 reviews and 28 photos
Ground squirrels, much like squirrels are the entertainers of the forest but what to us is entertainment, for the chipmunk is the work of storing food for the winter. They just move so fast it appears comical to us but make no mistake, these are serious omnivores whose diet includes nuts, insects, grain, small frogs, fungi, worms and bird eggs. One of the things that makes them so cute is also one of its greatest food-gathering assets. Their cheek pouches expand their entire face but make it possible for them to carry a lot more food to their dens or food caches.
These cute critters play an important part in the ecosystems they are part of and feeding them is a selfish way to get a photo or make yourself feel like a do-gooder. You are actually hurting them by forging bad habits and taking them from what they were put on this planet to do. We know deep down that a carrot is better for us than a candy bar but many still choose the latter. Chipmunks do not know candy bars and the like unless we expose them to them. Let ground squirrels eat what is right for them and keep man-made garbage solely for polluting our own bodies.
While camping at Odessa Lake, I was nearly attacked by a ground squirrel. Ok, stop laughing. It wasn't really an attack but it did run right up my back when I had it turned to the little critter. He was looking for a hand out and had obviously gotten many or he would not be so aggressive. Do NOT feed wildlife, please.
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