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PostThu Aug 15, 2019 11:51 am 
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The darn thing just stared at me, not afraid at all...It wasn't until a few years later that I discovered that it was a mountain beaver

No kidding! I tried to move one off the road by our house once, thinking I would save it from becoming roadkill. It latched onto the end of my shoe and wouldn't let go. Finally was able to fling it off into the bushes.
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You sure don't expect a wolf attack inside your tent - in a Banff NP campground.  eek.gif
Camper saves family of 4 from savage wolf attack

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Deer in my back yard. This may sound common place for many but when I woke up one morning to the site of two deer mating less than 20 feet away in my fully fenced back yard in suburbia I was a bit shocked. To get into my yard they had to walk a long narrow rockery above my driveway and jump a low picket fence.
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I've seen otters in Lake Sammamish in the early AM before. They like to park on the boat docks. Before I saw them, I'd no idea that there were any in Lake Sammamish.
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Hoary Marmot spotted on a rock outcrop on my property here recently.  Surprising to see one at 2200' elevation east side of the Cascades so far from the alpine we normally see them in.  A lot better than the scorpion I found in the garage yesterday!
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PostWed Sep 04, 2019 11:29 am 
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hikerbiker wrote:
Hoary Marmot spotted on a rock outcrop on my property here recently.  Surprising to see one at 2200' elevation east side of the Cascades so far from the alpine we normally see them in.

Interesting.  Yellow bellied marmots show up in some unexpected and fairly low elevation places.  I've seen them along the river walk in downtown Spokane, Palouse Falls SP and Cowiche Canyon near Yakima.  I haven't seen hoary marmots in places like that though.
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PostSun Sep 08, 2019 7:19 am 
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Hoary Marmot spotted on a rock outcrop on my property here recently.  Surprising to see one at 2200' elevation east side of the Cascades so far from the alpine we normally see them in.

They are a nuisance on the golf course at Sun Lakes State Park.  They are usually referred to as "Columbia Ground Squirrels" or groundhogs when they are found at low elevation.

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They are a nuisance on the golf course at Sun Lakes State Park.  They are usually referred to as "Columbia Ground Squirrels" or groundhogs when they are found at low elevation.

Huh.  I thought groundhog was a distinctive type of marmot, same thing as a woodchuck.  I also thought they were exclusively in the Eastern U.S. (I saw some in Ohio), but wikipedia has a map of their habitat showing a swath thru B.C. and a tiny sliver in NE Washington, northern Idaho and NW Montana.

Columbia ground squirrels are something entirely different.  Tiny compared to a marmot.  No reason to confuse them.  If anyone is referring to a marmot as a Columbia ground squirrel, that's kinda weird.  Or maybe it really is a Columbia ground squirrel, in which case it's not a marmot.
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