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Photographed by my husband high up top of a mountain as he took a hiking trail called Wilcox Pass Hiking Trail in Jasper, Alberta this summer. The red under his body is lichen on the rocks, looks like blood, but it isn’t!
The marmot is a large, diurnal, burrowing RODENT of the SQUIRREL family, native to Eurasia and North America. Marmots are rotund and stocky, weigh 2-9 kg, and have thick fur, short bushy tails and small ears.

Of 13 species, 4 occur in Canada, inhabiting grassy areas and rocky slopes of mountains and lowlands. Yellow-bellied, hoary and Vancouver Island marmots (Marmota flaviventris, M. caligata and M. vancouverensis , respectively) are found only in the Western provinces; the woodchuck (possible corruption of the Cree word wuchak) or groundhog (M. monax), in patchy distribution throughout Canada, excluding Nunavut and Newfoundland. The Vancouver Island marmot, found only in Canada, inhabits a few subalpine sites on Vancouver Island.

Marmots eat green PLANTS and can become pests in vegetable gardens. They signal danger by shrill calls. Marmots hibernate in burrows for 4-9 months; on awakening they may be almost half their autumn weight. The whimsical observance of Groundhog Day (February 2) recognizes the marmot’s impending emergence from a long winter’s rest (much later in colder climates).
Females mate after spring emergence and after a short gestation bear 2-9 young.
Canon EOS Rebel XT; Canon 300mm lens
Wilcox Pass Hiking Trail, Jasper, Alberta, Canada

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  • zumi
    zumiover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture. what a beautiful animal… lol

  • thank you Otto

    – Vickie Emms

  • Stephanie Owen
    Stephanie Owenover 4 years ago

    Aww adorable. I want one! :)

  • thanks Stephanie, I would like one too :-)

    – Vickie Emms

  • KathleenRinker
    KathleenRinkerover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture!!

  • thank you Kathleen

    – Vickie Emms

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    This is really great!! What an expression you have captured on his face!! Priceless!! Well done Fred!!

  • looks like “Yikes where do I go from here”, since he’s at the high point on that mountain.
    Thank you Blair I will make sure Fred sees your comments.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Paul Albert
    Paul Albertover 4 years ago

    Kudos to Hubby, I’ve seen them but never able to capture this clear ! Thanks for sharing ! Appreciated ! ♥ Paul

  • thank you so very much Paul

    – Vickie Emms

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot! :-)

  • thank you Brenda

    – Vickie Emms

  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Taylorover 4 years ago

    excellent capture,well done hubby

  • thank you Terrie

    – Vickie Emms

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • thank you Ray

    – Vickie Emms

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Aw, what a face! Great shot!!

  • thanks Lee-Anne, they are the cutest little characters

    – Vickie Emms

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

  • hehe, I love the banner Janice,,,,,,,thank you so much "-))

    – Vickie Emms

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