A little over a month ago, four little heads popped out of some boulders a stones throw from my backdoor. Yellow-bellied Marmots are indigenous to Wyoming and we of course have them living in the Wind River Canyon. Marmots in Wyoming can be very large, with the old males weighing in at over 11 pounds! But the baby Marmots look like something a child would have in their bedroom; they are very cute, indeed.
The weather had been cold and wet at times, but I made it my goal to try and get close to these Marmots, or as they are known in the Wild West, "Rock Chucks." They don't like the cold, so when I would see them out of their den it was an opportunity. I donned my "outfit" and used my double-whistle to identify myself each and every time. The big male left immediately after the yearlings came out for their "first-light," but the mother was always on patrol-duty.
After a loyal month of being wet and cold, I'd made an acquaintance. This one little Marmot was curiously friendly towards me, and I took lots photographs of the group: Many more are on Twitter @ Hogbats.
It didn't take a palm-to-the-head to realize that putting together a video had to be next, if given the right access to his time. I've learned quite a bit after my time with the "Chucks": Males are only good for one thing; big surprise there! All good mothers all over this blue-marble are something to admire. Kids are always curious about most things. It's bloody-cold in the morning in Wyoming....even in June! Marmots have several places they will live and move often: The video below is of my new acquaintance. Marmots in the west have not been treated very well, as I've written about their slaughter in another of my Wind River Canyon Blog. Without a healthy predator population they will over-populate a nice neighborhood; there is no perfectly, easy solution. Yellow-bellied Marmots spend most of their lives underground, and are cute; what more do you need to know?
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All photographs and videos are produced by Michael John Balog, all rights are reserved.
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