The Douglas squirrel is a close relative of the Red Squirrel.
In Canada it is only found in British Columbia.
Here is a snapshot of one in Whistler Village.
The Douglas Squirrel, and its cousin the Red Squirrel, are ‘Pine Squirrels’ that prefer mature coniferous forests.
Most days they spend the morning cutting pine cones from the trees and then spend the afternoon gathering them from the forest floor into large caches.
You can usually tell a pine squirrel has been around by the pinecone litter they leave behind.
Like the more familiar Red squirrel they have a fiery temper and will often scold you from high up in a tree when you enter their territory.