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Urocitellus townsendii townsendii
A light brown ground squirrel with a short tail and ears. The underside is paler and they have a white eyering. This sub-species is found in south-central Washington.
Spotted in a grassy meadow next to its burrow.
Townsend's ground squirrels fulfill several important ecological functions, including affecting soil structure and fertility through their burrowing, providing burrow habitats for other wildlife, and serving as prey for numerous predators, including badgers.