Family Sciuridae : Spermophilus variegatus (Erxleben)
These can be a real nusiance, especially if you have chickens. The picture below is of three rock squirrels that managed their way up a hutch and into a metal can with chicken feed. Chicken feed wasn’t the whole of it however. Rock squirrels are omnivorous, which means, in this case, they were quicker than my customer at collecting the chicken’s eggs. While the area happened to be rocky, they are not limited rocky places. Another customer has them digging up their field area. If you’re looking for a good way to catch these guys, this may be it. Apparently they don’t think things through before they jump, so put some feed or bait in the bottom of a can, give them a way to get up to the top of the can, and check back.
These squirrels are not protected but the customer didn’t want them harmed. They were relocated.