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Pine Squirrel

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1997

This Pine squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), found throughout much of Canada and Alaska, was munching happily on a bit of the forest while I snapped away at the Starrigavan Recreation Area in Sitka, Alaska. He seemed totally undistracted by my presence. Pine squirrels feed heavily on pine seeds. In the fall, they cut green pine cones and bury them in large larder hoards called middens which are located within their territories. Other foods consummed and stored include acorns and beechnuts, and seeds of hickory, tulip, sycamore, maple and elm. Berries, bird eggs, young birds, fungi and occaisionally a young snowshoe hare are also consummed.


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