This little guys was spotted in Sweatwater, Co deep in the mountains near Eagle and Glennwood Springs. I spotted this little guy in tall grass along a dirt road. The road was near a large mountain lake. There are eagles, osprey and turkey vultures in the area as well. This photo was taken in late summer.
Native to the northern Rocky Mountains and surrounding foothills of the United States including Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. (This one was spotted in Colorado) Their habitat includes dry meadows, grasslands, and cultivated fields close to water. The squirrels eat foods including seeds, green vegetation, insects, and meat. They are fully active for roughly 3½ months in the spring and summer before beginning estivation and hibernation in burrows underground. During their active periods the squirrels are diurnal and often live in colonies. The squirrels mate in the early spring and females give birth after about a month of gestation. Young leave the burrow at twenty-four days. Litters usually include four to six young with older females generally producing larger litters.