Marmot - The Marmots of British Columbia, Canada


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Marmots
Marmota caligata or Rockchuck, Mountain Marmot,
Whistler, Hoary Marmot


Description - 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.

Distribution - This species of marmot lives throughout all of British Columbia in talus slopes in the mountains.

Biology - 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 spring.



Yellow-Bellied Marmot
Photo courtesy of Michael Wigg.


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Marmot - The Marmots of British Columbia, Canada