Selkirk Least Chipmunk

The least chipmunk (Neotamias minimus selkirki) is a red-listed species (threatened/endangered) endemic to British Columbia. It survives long winters by storing food and going into torpor (short term hibernation) for periods between September and  late April. This small chipmunk is considered at risk due to small population size and very limited distribution. 

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Biodiversity Interactive Map - Selkirk Least Chipmunk

Range

Presumed to be restricted to alpine habitats in the Southern Purcell Mountains near Invermere, total range estimate of 100 km squared.

Habitat

Lives in alpine (talus and krumholtz) habitats > 2100m elevation.

Reproduction

Produces 1 litter of 2-6 young born in June.

Listing and Date

Listing Date
B.C. List Red, S1
COSEWIC
SARA

Threats to Species

  • Human disturbance
  • Small population size
  • Loss of habitat (mining, ski developments)

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For more information on this species, visit:
The BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer and enter "least chipmunk" in the species Name field.

 

SPECIES

Amphibians
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Fish
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Flora
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Mammals
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Selkirk Least Chipmunk
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