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    Default Small Animal on Donnelly Dome

    I appreciate your help in identifying the animal in the photo below. the pic was take on Donnelly Dome in Aug of 2010. The locals called them Jorge Meermat (Meerkat?).

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    Thats a Hoary Marmot! very common in alpine southcentral alaska....fun to watch and good to eat too!



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    from underneath (as we were hiking up), it was hard to tell their size or get a good look at them. We were a little nervous!

    They sure seemed big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunt&FishAK View Post
    Thats a Hoary Marmot! very common in alpine southcentral alaska....fun to watch and good to eat too!
    Are they related to groundhogs in any way? They look so similar.

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    I think they are also called Yellow Bellied Marmot. A slang term for them is Whisle Pig, because of the noise they can make at times. They can dig and chue through anything. I have seen them burrow under a asphalt road and then come up through the road surface.
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    Yes a Marmot is a member of the Ground Hog family
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