Marmots are related to the ground squirrel. They hibernate and are very social animals who communicate with a whistle sound especially when alarmed to notify each other of potential danger. They like rocky areas.
I learned from Wikipedia that these animals are also called woodchucks and groundhogs. They are covered with two coats of fur: a dense grey undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog its distinctive “frosted” appearance.
One of the young babies let me photograph without running off to hide. Momma marmot was not nearly so bold and neither were the siblings. But this little fellow was quite welcoming. He's missing his right ear. It looks like it's healing, but the wound is fairly fresh.
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