The bane of agricultural operations both at home & at work. More of a pest than prairie dogs & pocket gophers combined. Not bad to eat when young, edible with a good condiment when old. They nest in my wood pile. As fully arboreal as any tree squirrel. Have seen sharp-shinned accipiters make predation attempts but none I've witnessed have been successful. Why won't the bobcat, long-tailed weasel, raccoon, five species of canid (red, kit & grey foxes, coyote & feral dog) & striped skunk eat rock squirrels, rather than getting after my poultry?
When I was doing my MS thesis work in SW Colorado, these guys would get into my live traps, kill and eat the smaller rodents inside.
Thanks for the thot, darwinsdog. I hadn't thought to use the "direct removal" method to keep them out of my traps. I just tried to get to them first.