Fact Sheets - Vertebrate Pests
Utah is home to 18 species of bats All 18 can be found in southern Utah, while 6 species are found northern Utah, predominantly in the mountainous habitats.
Native to the eastern United States, fox squirrels were first documented in Utah in 2011. It is unknown how fox squirrels made their way into Utah; however, it is possible they followed riparian corridors (areas along rivers, where trees often grow).
Rock squirrels are fairly common across Utah, living in areas with rocky habitats. They belong to the group of squirrels called “ground squirrels” because they live in burrows and holes in the ground, rather than in trees.
Ground squirrels are troublesome rodent pests for farmers and homeowners. The Piute ground squirrel is commonly found in the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada.