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|We found this Hoary Marmot near the summit of the Grand Duc Mine road which takes you from Hyder Alaska to the Salmon Glacier in British Columbia. It is truly a beautiful drive, but is not for the faint at heart. This is a dirt road with no guard rails and lots of air until you hit the bottom of the gorge. I'll put an image of Salmon Glacier in a workshop so you can see the area this guy lives.|
Well known to hikers in the western mountains of North America, the Hoary Marmot is an inhabitant of the alpine and subalpine areas, ranging across the western Cordillera from Alaska, the Yukon Territory and the extreme western Northwest Territories to Washington, northern Idaho and northern Montana. In British Columbia the Hoary Marmot occupies most of the mainland except for the northeast and low elevations in the dry interior.
Hoary Marmots are found wherever there are mountains with rocky talus slopes and lush green tundra vegetation. South-facing mountainsides are the preferred habitat. These sites must contain outcrops and boulder-strewn slopes intermixed with rich tundra meadows. Colonies of marmots live at the base of these slopes, with numerous crevices leading to underground burrows.
Also known as the Whistler, the Hoary Marmot varies substantially in size and colour among populations. Grey, black and brown in colour, the hoary marmot is about the size of a house cat and is a member of the squirrel family, complete with bushy tail. Hoary marmots range in size from 18 to 23 inches in length (45 to 57 cm), with the males usually slightly larger than females.
The marmot is a social animal, living in small family groups known as colonies. Members of one colony will seldom venture into the territory of another colony. In areas where food is scarce, hoary marmots need to increase their range and then do not exist in colonies.
The Hoary Marmot hibernates for up to eight months of the year in northern Canada, emerging from its dens in early May. In the southern parts of their range, they hibernate from October through February. The cute little animal feeds on a variety of grasses, green plants and seeds, spending much of the warmer part of the day feeding and resting on sun-warmed rocks.
Natural predators include the lynx, golden eagles, foxes, coyotes, bears, and wolverines. The marmot is the sentinel of the mountains, sounding a long and shrill alarm whistle that varies according to the type and proximity of the predator. The warning sends marmots scurrying for their burrows, normally located near their feeding areas.
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this is a nice, clear capture with this amazing marmot, tfs
- [2010-10-12 23:32]
Very beautiful and nice pictorial composition. Fantastic details well captured.
A lovely capture of this beautiful Marmot. Good sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
I had not realized how treacherous the road was where you were taking images....and hauling that trailer. Wow! I am impressed. Even worse than the road from Laytonville Cal to sand down the coast...at least that is paved.
GREAT shot Rick. Some good memories wrapped by your keen eye.
- [2010-10-13 19:11]
excellent view of this whistler seen well among the rocks. Beautifully seen with smooth background and good natural view.
What a lovely marmot fellow here my friend Rick! So cute!
Thanks to you i am seeing him firstly! Great work MF!
TFS and have a nice day!
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
He seems poised to whistle, Rick!
Very well timed shot!
I love the exposure you've chosen!
great camouflage, tFS Ori