They might look cute but, like the grey squirrel in the UK, ground squirrels in Canada are noisy, destructive, prolific at reproducing and vermin.
They burrow in the ground and undermine structures bringing destruction to gardens and orchards. They can be lethal to livestock because their burrow entrances are small and hidden. Animals often get their hooves trapped and end up with injuries that require medical attention.
They act a bit like meerkats in Africa, with a lookout who, with a high-pitched single noted call, warns other family members of approaching danger. They are obviously successful because they are all over the place!!!