Friday, May 27, 2016

Hoary Marmot

Hoary Marmot - Marmota caligata

The name, "hoary," refers to the "mantle" of white hairs over the shoulders. These mammals are the largest marmot in Canada.

Hoary Marmots are colonial and live together in burrows where they share food. They often sun themselves in shallow depressions on rocks close to their burrow. They vocalize a loud, high-pitched alarm whistle when a predator is recognized.

Predators include Coyote, Wolf, Grizzly Bear, Red Fox, and Golden Eagle.


Naughton, Donna. The Natural History of Canadian Mammals. University of Toronto Press. 2012. 

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