We saw this ground squirrel perched above a group of teenagers eating their lunches on the Wonderland Trail above Sunrise in Mt. Rainier National Park. They prefer the eastern part of the park with its drier habitat. Studies have demonstrated that this mammal has an internal clock that tells it when to fatten up and when to hibernate, regardless of weather and external factors. This individual had definitely begun to put on weight in preparation for hibernation and seemed to know the best places to hang out for extra rations!