Garibaldi Park Whistler A to Z: Hoary MarmotHoary Marmots are the cute, pudgy, twenty plus pound ground squirrels that have evolved to live quite happily in the hostile alpine areas around Whistler.  In the northwest of North America, marmots have a distinct grey in their hair, a hoary colour, so have been named hoary marmots. They manage to survive quite happily in the alpine, largely by hibernating for 8 months of the year and largely for having a surprisingly varied array of food in such an inhospitable environment.

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Hoary Marmots live off of grasses, berries, lichens, mosses, and roots and flowers. And live quite well it seems, as they always look well fed, which has one great drawback. They are sought after by bears and wolves. They have a wonderful defense system though. They are constantly on watch and whistle loudly at the first sign of danger, alerting the colony. The prevalence of these "whistlers" as they came to be locally called, in the early days of London Mountain resulted in it's name being changed to Whistler Mountain in the 60's. Hiking on Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain or Wedgemount Lake in the summer will almost guarantee an encounter with a chubby, jolly little hoary marmot.  Found almost everywhere in the alpine of Whistler, marmots are usually heard before being seen.  The oddly abrupt, whistle sound erupts from fields of boulders when you enter their territory.  Most marmots keep a safe distance from humans, but the more habituated marmots will let you approach quite close.  The High Note Trail on Whistler Mountain is home to several families of marmots.

Hoary Marmot at Cirque Lake

Hoary Marmot at Cirque Lake

Hoary Marmot on the Spearhead Loop Trail, Whistler Mountain

Hoary Marmot at Wedgemount Lake

Hoary Marmot at Wedgemount Lake

Hoary Marmot on Whistler Mountain

Hoary Marmot at Wedgemount Lake

Hoary Marmot on Blackcomb

Hoary Marmot on Blackcomb

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