Olympic Marmot: habitat, physical characteristics, and photos of Marmota olympus, plus how you can find, see, and photograph the marmot in the ONP.
The Olympic marmot (Marmota olympus) is an overgrown rodent.
A member of the squirrel family (Sciuridae), it is a stocky critter as big as an ample-sized house cat, weighing from 8 to 20 pounds. During the summertime, an adult marmot can be expected to weigh around 18 pounds, which is on average larger than other species of marmots.
The Olympic species of marmot is found only on the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington, with 90% of the species population protected within the boundaries of the Olympic National Park. Their numbers are estimated to be between 2,000 - 4,000 animals.
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