Mammal Monday

This feature of the blog is sporadic, for there’s a rather limited selection of diurnal mammals to be found with any regularity in the city.
But baby Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus) should carry you through the weeks.Cute, right? Don’t be deceived by anthropomorphic mammal-philic charisma. Without regulating predators like coyotes and foxes, small mammals like these chippies become, as they say in the groves, problematic. Chipmunks are hosts for a pallet of tick-born diseases, and they are extraordinary good predators themselves, meaning their population explosions become problems for birds and others.

2 Responses to “Mammal Monday”

  1. 1 Ellen July 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Love chippies! Some people way more problematic than too many chipmunks.
    But I won’t name any names.

  2. 2 elwnyc July 16, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve seen one going after a warbler caught in a bander’s net.

    They’re cute, but can be a real pest when they are in a population explosion.

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