Hoary Marmot Alarm Call
A short clip of a hoary marmot's alarm call.
A short, loud clip of a marmot making a piercingly shrill sound
- Credit / Author:
- Government of Yukon
- Date created:
- 2020-10-14 00:00:00.0
Hoary marmots live in rocky talus outcrops but are also found in alpine tundra where they forage for plants. Like arctic ground squirrels, they hibernate in burrows to survive the harsh arctic winters. In the summer, they use these burrows to sleep and to hide from predators. Hoary marmots are most active in the morning and afternoon. They are highly sociable and live in colonies consisting of a dominant male with a few females, 2 year-olds, yearlings and pups.
Hoary marmots are currently listed as a species of least concern by the IUCN. However, researchers are concerned that populations may start declining due to climate and land cover changes, such as declining snowpack which can decrease their burrow insulation while hibernating and cause them to freeze.
Current IUCN Listing: Least Concern
For more information, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game