I heard a rumor there are certain areas in Payette county that ground squirrels are protected. Is this true? I just want to be sure. They don't appear endangered or threatened.
Paiute ground squirrels are found in the area you describe. Paiutes in the southwestern part of the state are legal to hunt. As long as you stay south of the Payette River and north of the Snake River you will not run into any protected ground squirrels.