We have two local species of marmot: yellow-bellied and hoary. The yellow-bellied marmot lives in the valleys and has been featured two times this year: mommy marmot, March marmot. The hoary marmot lives in alpine country and has appeared only once and that was last year: Bethany’s marmot.
While on a recent hike between Gibson Lake and Kaslo Lake, my daughter, Cynthia, was surprised by how boldly a marmot approached and examined her sneakers.
A hoary marmot stands in a field of western anenome.
The marmots take an interest in hikers. This one licked and chewed Cynthia’s tattered trail runners.
The marmot’s black, brown and grey blends well with its home terrain.
This is Cynthia’s panorama of Kokanee Lake from the trail alongside it. Marmots prefer the alpine meadows to the rocky slopes of this lake.
Cynthia Fraser’s pictures are used with permission.