Chipmunks, ground squirrels and rock squirrels abound at many National Parks. They are WAY too friendly as people tend to feed them which leads to a bad behavior pattern. They really have plenty to eat in the natural world and Cheetos don’t grow anywhere.
Consider that these critters have teeth, can bite, and may carry rabies. Trust me, park employees don’t have the time or money to go around vaccinating all these little buggers. Plus in the Southwest the fleas these beggars can carry may have bubonic plague. Not something you want to take home from vacation. And the bottom line, it’s illegal to feed wildlife in parks. So Please use the zoom on your camera to photograph the wildlife and don’t lure them in with food.
These images where taken after I warned the visitor.
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