Friday, August 14, 2009

Wyoming and Marmots

Our recent vacation to Wyoming found us leaving 106 degree daytime temperature of Central Texas for a much cooler 70 degree clime of Wyoming. Nighttime in Central Texas held temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s. However, nights at our campsite in the Snowy Range near Medicine Bow held temperatures in the high 40’s and low 50’s. This was just what we needed.

We spent four days and three nights camping and hiking in the forests of the Snowy Range. One such day found us surprised to see this little fellow, a Yellow-bellied Marmot. He was dashing around the rocky slopes near Lake Marie Falls. This is his kind of neighborhood. Marmots typically like rocky boulders and talus slopes especially near grasses and vegetation that form its diet.

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2 Comments:

At July 8, 2012 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Constance McQuoid said...

I saw one in late May in the Medicine Bow area of Wyoming, about 3am. it looked big, had the sandy fur, at first from far away thought it was a coyote, but is had the rounded back toward the tail, long tail, it ran fast like a scoot. Very exciting. He was rummaging for food from the trash cans I bet...

 
At July 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Roy C. Smallwood 3rd. said...

This was a grand vacation for us, made even more special by seeing these marmots as well as other wildlife. We talk often of returning to the Snowy Range.

 

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