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Nosey Neighbor

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Published on Nov 26, 2013

These four videos capture some of the action between two neighbors in Phoenix Mountains Park: Pack Rat and Rock Squirrel. A Rock Squirrel had been photographed in this area in a previous year looking for a mate. The resident male chased him off. I didn't see either of them after that brief chase. My curiosity as to the current residents brought me to the idea of tossing a handful of roasted unsalted peanuts in a shell around the den openings. I got the reaction I was looking for: Both squirrel and rat emerged to take into their homes the enticing morsels. Both are stockpiling for the Winter. Both are soon to stay underground to raise their young. The Rock Squirrel is much bigger than the Pack Rat and uses its size to crash the Rat's pad and steal food from its pantry. After the Rock Squirrel stopped emerging I dropped off some extra peanuts to help the Pack Rat refill its pantry. The effect the Nosey Neighbor has on the Pack Rat can be seen in the fourth video. The Rock Squirrel has entered its home looking to see what is available. The Pack Rat will return home after the Rock Squirrel has left. These four videos will be attached to an e-mail containing 59 slides to fill in the story not seen

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