hoary marmot

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Noun1.hoary marmot - large North American mountain marmothoary marmot - large North American mountain marmot
marmot - stocky coarse-furred burrowing rodent with a short bushy tail found throughout the northern hemisphere; hibernates in winter
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And the high-elevation habitats that wolverines favor are home to colonies of flower-munching megarodents: hoary marmots. These alpine versions of woodchucks, or groundhogs, can weigh as much as 20 pounds, and they have bands of contrasting colors in their fur and a fairly long, thick tail somewhat like wolverines do.
Collared pikas, hoary marmots (Marmota caligata), and arctic ground squirrels (Spermophilus parryii) are the dominant herbivores in the valley and have been studied there since 1995 (Hik et al., 2001).
In the case of hoary marmots, a social living animal of the North West, much like an eastern Woodchuck, males show all the characteristics we have noted: guarding their mates as much as they can and they make forays into the larger groups in search of EPCs.