Belding's Ground Squirrel (image) University of California - Berkeley Caption The Belding's ground squirrel has disappeared from 42 percent of the sites in the California mountains where they were recorded in the early 1900s, but noted that some human-modified areas provided an artificial oasis for the squirrel. Credit Toni Lyn Morelli photo Usage Restrictions All rights reserved. Non-commercial use only with credit. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.