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Hoary marmot

Marmota caligata cascandensis

Description:

Found this one basking on a rock, which gave me an opportunity for some close ups. Basking is common for them in the morning and as the day warms up they will move to their den or go foraging. Pic 4 shows some of the rocky terrain they live in. Pic 5 shows another one checking for scents in the air. They also communicate using scent, both by defecation, and by marking rocks or plants using scent glands on their cheeks.

Habitat:

Spotted along the Skyline trail above Paradise at Mount Rainier around 7500 ft.

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6 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Your welcome, Brian38....

Brian38
Brian38 3 years ago

Thanks maplemoth.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Cute....

Brian38
Brian38 3 years ago

Thanks for your remarks Hema and Jim.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 3 years ago

Nice spotting and summary, Brian!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 3 years ago

lovely

Brian38
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Brian38

Washington, USA

Spotted on Aug 12, 2018
Submitted on Aug 31, 2018

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