chipmunks move downtown

i have been seeing chipmunks all over mid-town missoula this summer. what’s the deal? are they moving back into town to avoid the commute?  i had always heard that they were originally driven out of most urban areas of the west by the larger more aggressive eastern red squirrels, who thrive in epic proportions around here. are the two species living in harmony now?  by the way, my wildlife biology friends tell me they are not true chipmunks unless it is above 7000 feet elevation. these little guys are really called golden mantled ground squirrels- but we call them chipmunks anyway.

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