City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

October 22, 2016

October 22nd

Filed under: Squirrel — canopus56 @ 9:34 pm

Sumo Squirrel

11:00 a.m. I have hardly seen any rock squirrels over the last month. After the peak of summer in late August and early September, one can usually see four or five of them on any given walk. They are still there, but are invisible. One can always hear them scurrying unseen through in the undergrowth. Today, a squirrel comes down to the road, and he or she is by human standards morbidly obese. The squirrel looks like a sumo wrestler. It is rotund, but still quick and agile, and it has a healthy coat. It has been bulking up on acorns for the last few weeks and is now ready for winter.

It is the first day of the rifle deer hunt, and the hunt continues through October 30th.

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