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Portrait of a Marmot

Marmots, rock chuck, whistle pig, whatever you want to call it they are the largest members of the squirrel family here in North America.  Like their close relatives the groundhog (also called a woodchuck) marmots are ground dwelling.  Unlike their close relatives, marmots live in the mountainous regions of North America.  Living in an amongst the rock slides and scree fields in and around mountains.  Marmots live in loose family groups where each member looks out for the other members.  The first sight of danger evokes a loud whistle from the look out sending the other members running for cover.  This loud alarm whistle is where the name “whistle pig” comes from.

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Marmots will graze all summer putting on weight to survive through winter.  Together with other marmots, they will sleep out the winter in a hairy ball tucked deep in the rocks in a den tunnel.

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