British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide
Marmota caligata or Rockchuck, Mountain Marmot,
Whistler, Hoary Marmot
- The marmot is a large animal this is silver-grey
above with a brownish rump and whitish belly. Distinct
black and white marks are on the head and shoulders.
The tail of the marmot is large, reddish-brown and bushy.
Average weight is 8-20 pounds.
- This species of marmot lives throughout all of British
Columbia in talus slopes in the mountains.
- Marmots feed almost entirely on greens. In May, 4-5
young are born. When in danger this animal gives off
a shrill, piercing "Eeeeeee" alarm hence the nickname
"whistler". Many carnivores prey on marmots; bears may
dig up marmot that are still hibernating in the early
Photo courtesy of Michael Wigg.