Friday, May 7, 2010

Hoary Marmot

A boy hugs the giant stuffed Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata) located on one of the stair landings at the top of the Mt. Roberts Tram.

The Hoary Marmot is the largest species of marmot. They inhibit mountainous regions of North America. The largest population is here in Alaska. They make elaborate tunnel systems in which whole communities live. They hibernate from October to May. A great place to see them in Juneau is up Mt. Roberts along the trails above timberline. They like to sun themselves on the large boulders.

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