The Columbia ground squirrel is found in western parts of Montana, through central Idaho and into northern and eastern reaches of Washington and into Canada. Columbian ground squirrels live in colonies and emerge from their dens about an hour before sunrise and return near sunset. Most active during the hottest parts of the day, but more likely to be found out around mid-morning. They are found in alpine and subalpine areas, along the edges of meadows or on mounds where meadow flooding occurs.
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