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shane sibert
(grinder) - F

Locale: P.N.W
Marmot I.D on 07/13/2009 19:52:29 MDT Print View

I came across this Marmot on a hike to Mt. St. Helens. Specificaly, we were in the plains of Abraham. It was HUGE and had to weigh at least 20-25lbs. Can anyone help me identify it?
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Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Marmot I.D on 07/13/2009 20:34:19 MDT Print View

Funny....that looks a LOT like an Olympic Marmot. They get HUGE in the Olympics. I saw one once bigger than a Bobcat....

Charles G.
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
Hoary Marmot on 07/14/2009 07:31:37 MDT Print View

As best I can tell from the photo, that is a Hoary Marmot, the marmot common to the Olympics. The only other possibility in that part of the world would be the Yellow-bellied Marmot; the one in your photo appears to have a gray belly.

Edited by Rincon on 07/14/2009 07:33:01 MDT.

shane sibert
(grinder) - F

Locale: P.N.W
Marmot on 07/14/2009 11:37:37 MDT Print View

Thanks for the help. I'm still amazed at the size of it. The coat is interesting also, it seems longer then a normal Marmots, it appeared more like a thick bear coat. It's good to see wildlife coming back to St. Helens.

Edited by grinder on 07/14/2009 11:40:41 MDT.