Welcome to Ottawa's summer of the chipmunk

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By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, August 8, 2018

Ottawa’s cutest wild animal is having a population explosion. Lock up your vegetable patch.

The eastern chipmunk is everywhere this summer, a phenomenon that affects the region of Eastern Ontario, West Quebec and Northeastern U.S. states.

One likely reason is that trees are providing extra food. There is a “bumper (chipmunk) crop because of the massive seed crop last year,” says Mike Runtz, who teaches biology at Carleton University.