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By Woodchuck ATC
Feb 4, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Don't forget their cousin the porcupine. One ate my snowshoes one night at 11,000 ft and it sure was tough stumping through deep snow iin RMNP with no neoprene laces on them. Dam varmints! Reason to carry firearms in the national parks, eh?

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By Allen Hill
From FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Feb 4, 2011
Slick Rock put in
this is a fun site.
marmotburrow.ucla.edu/

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By Buster Jesik
Feb 6, 2011
me climbing
Dan Godshall wrote:
Hey, nice marmot!


let's not forget Dude, keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city, that aint legal either.

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By Travis Spaulding
From Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 7, 2011
The first pitch belay on Chips and Salsa (5.3) Red Rocks, NV.
My girl and I first encountered marmots in Yose last summer.

We had never seen them, and both thought they were pretty awesome. They can be a pain in the ass, but are also actually pretty cool creatures.

The males usually keep 2 females with them, and they tend to live in groups. They are pretty social, and in the morning will wander to other burrows to engage in mock wrestling matches that end with rubbing noses...pretty fun to watch, there are some videos on it.

While it's never a good idea to feed them, I have read that the healthiest thing you can give them to distract them is regular cheerios.

Love how easy it is to keep my girl happy, she just wanted a stuffed toy marmot for a souvenir of the trip. She named it Chuck and is actually curled up with it right now while sleeping *chuckles*

Anyways here are a couple of the marmots we encountered:

Our first Marmot sighting at one of the lookouts on the way down to the Valley, he was a big fat fellow.

And the infamous Half Dome marmot, he seems to get a lot of photo time. The Rangers were telling me he gets bored and runs down the cables once in a while during the day to check for goodies at the base and then runs back up again!



Photos both courtesy of my girl, Christina :)
"You lookin' at me??!"
"You lookin' at me??!"


Half Dome resident marmot.
Half Dome resident marmot.

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By Doug Lintz
From Kearney, NE
Feb 7, 2011
Destroyer of popcorn
I was literally in a tug-of-war with a marmot chewing on my hiking boot at Capitol Lake. I couldn't believe how determined he was.

As for Long's Peak, the marmots feast upon the last person to summit each day. So listen up kiddies, always get an early start.

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By BillButler
From aspen, co
Feb 7, 2011
They mainly eat lost tourist's children.

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By Greg D
From Here
Feb 8, 2011
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W. <br />
your backpack
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By mongoose
Feb 8, 2011
damn marmots ate my avocado! i did half dome at night to get up for sunrise and when i got there i took a nap after eating half an avocado. i put it in between my hands and head and when i woke i up it was gone which means that either it was the marmots or the terrorists. most likely terrorists actually.

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By Buff Johnson
Feb 8, 2011
smiley face
Avocado?? Man, that just wrong!

I'd like to test out the glide capability of the marmot from my portaledge. I'd need to run it on 30 of them to get a good sample set. I'm betting they can do it. I guess we'll see what the data shows....

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By Clifford Mallory
From Casper WY
Mar 26, 2011
Sunrise front range ridge
They eat people. Like the bunny in The Holy Grail.Sorry. Good luck with your report. As you have probably figured out by now this is not the place to get the info your after. Funny stuff.

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By Kevin Coopman
Mar 28, 2011
What I do for a Living
OK for closure, here is my son's Marmot Diorama. I still have no clue why Marmots are on top of Long's peak.

Kevin
Marmot diorama.
Marmot diorama.

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By AJS
From Boulder, CO
Mar 28, 2011
In the sea of Cortez - Baja California, Mexico
Those are pretty sweet mountains!

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By Mike Pharris
From Longmont, CO
Mar 28, 2011
Climbing above Black Lake
I'd give him an A!

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