RED SQUIRRELS

Asked June 18, 2019, 4:17 PM EDT

DO RED SQUIRRELS HARM CHIPMUNKS? I HAVE ALWAYS HAD CHIPMUNKS IN MY BACKYARD, THIS YEAR THERE ARE 2-3 RED SQUIRRELS AND NO CHIPMUNKS. NOT SURE IF THE SQUIRRELS ARE RESPONSIBLE?

Chippewa County Michigan wildlife damage management natural resources wildlife

1 Response

Hello, thank you for using eXtension for your natural resources wildlife question. I cannot say for certain if Red squirrels are responsible for the absence of chipmunks or 13 lined ground squirrels. Do you or your neighbors have cats?

Most squirrel species are territorial and will chase away competitive squirrel species, including Chipmunks. Red squirrels are especially so. Watching squirrel chases and competitions in your yard or park can be entertaining.

Here are some more resources on squirrels:
http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Tamiasciurus_hudsonicus/
https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=326070