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Marmot pops up and keeps watch

On a visit to Mount Evans, Colorado this past summer, I kept seeing movement in a nearby talus field out of the corner of my eye. Every time I would focus my attention on it, whatever it was, would seemingly disappear. The game was on!

I crouched down, ‘crab walked’ closer, doing my best to stay low and out of site. Then, there it was! This little guy / gal pops up to check on me. Once it realized just how close I was it quickly retreated but not before letting me grab a few pictures.

Sometimes called a ‘rock chuck’, Yellow-bellied Marmots are actually members of the squirrel family. They are found above 6,500 feet in grassland, meadows and talus fields. Here in Colorado you are most likely to spot them above timberline sunning themselves on rocks.

A Yellow-bellied Marmot checks things out near the top of Mount Evans in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Yellow-bellied Marmot checks things out near the top of Mount Evans in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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