California ground squirrels create a network of holes and tunnels that is used by many other critters. These include threatened and endangered species such as the California Tiger Salamander and the California red-legged frog. Fence lizards, rattle snakes, gopher snakes and king snakes also make these tunnels their home.
These ground squirrels, which are sometimes called ring-neck ground squirrels, are also a food source for bobcats, coyotes and gray foxes as well as raptors.
Golden eagles and red-tailed hawks are a primary hunter of these rodents. They are also good targets for varmint shooters.
I’ve often wondered if the early settlers survived off grounds squirrels. They are quite numerous and I’m sure they could be tasty.
From my trail camera.