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Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus).  A litter of 5 to 7 young are born in May in a nest either underground or in a tree.  Main foods include acorns, seeds, fruits, berries, and grasses and to a lesser extent fungi, invertebrates, and small vertebrates.  The chipmunk is vulnerable to every carnivore from the weasel to the grizzly bear.  It likes to be higher than its surroundings in order to look out for predators.  Its call is distinctive and is recognized by a series of high-pitched chipping notes (Interactive Broadcasting Corporation).

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