Who Done It?


This hole was partly hidden by the ground cover along a wall at the edge of a shopping mall near my home in Tigard, a suburb of Portland, Oregon.

Photo by Dennis Deck

Who made this hole?

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Note that this is a relatively large hole, much larger than one would expect for mice or voles. The location, squeezed between a busy highway (Interstate 5) and the paved parking lot of a shopping mall, was particularly surprising.

This burrow was occupied by a California ground squirrel. The small population along the wall seemed to be thriving.

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