Thursday, July 22, 2021

Hoary Marmot

The Hoary Marmot is the first of three rodents Erika and I saw at the Mount Rainier National Park on 19 July 2021. This marmot, the size of a small dog, is common near tree-line in the park. You may recall our seeing an Olympic Marmot at the Olympic National Park—you can easily identify Hoary Marmots by their silvery backs. Marmots feast on meadow vegetation, which builds thick layers of fat that the rodents use to survive eight to nine months of hibernation ( Hoary Marmots are found in the Pacific Northwest, from southern Alaska to Washington, Idaho, and western Montana.

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