Found throughout the prairies and into the grasslands of Southern Yukon. The fundamental social bond in Richardson’s ground squirrels is between mother and offspring, particularly female offspring. ons generally disperse as juveniles, whereas daughters settle near their natal site, forming fundamental social units based on lifetime kinship associations between mother-daughter and littermate sisters. Richardson’s ground squirrels do not defend a communal territory; instead each individual independently exhibits dominance over intruding non-kin.
Because of their tendency to attempt to cross the roads faster than the approaching cars, they are known locally as suicide squirrels