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Native Nebraskan returns to yards
This article was submitted by Soni Cochran, Extension Associate, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County. The article appeared in the April 1995 NEBLINE Newsletter. 

The "thirteen-liner" is Nebraska's most common ground squirrel. It is most often seen during the day in golf courses, cemeteries, parks, yards and other open areas with closely mowed vegetation. It prefers mowed grassy areas and avoids tall vegetation.

Thirteen-lined ground squirrels emerge from hibernation in late March or early April. One litter of seven to ten young is usually produced in May each year. The young leave the burrows at six weeks of age.

These ground squirrels can cause problems when they create burrows, dig up newly planted seeds, and damage garden vegetables. "Thirteen-liners" are important prey to several predators, including badgers, coyotes, hawks, weasels, and a variety of snakes. They benefit people directly by feeding on many harmful weeds, weed seeds, and insects. They also provide enjoyable opportunities to view wildlife with family and friends. It is recommended not to try to eliminate these ground squirrels, but rather, manage their populations at levels where they can be appreciated.

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