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Vancouver Island Marmots live on mountains that are on Vancouver Island. Burrows on hillsides and behind boulders are common spots for Marmot homes. Entrances are around 30 cm.
Vancouver Island Marmots are herbivores and so they eat only plants. There diets vary depending on the season. There are over 50 different species of plants that they eat. Like . . . .
There is a vast amount of predators that prey the Marmot including. . .
Grass . . .
Female Marmots can reproduce when they are 3 ,human, years old. There are usually 3 pups in the litter at a time. There is a 2 year interval between litters.
Marmots alert others of danger by calling in a high pitch whistle.
The disappearances of these Marmots are unexplained and confusing. People assume predators, uncooperative weather and human actions as suspects. Other than that, nothing else can be explained.
Why are they endangered?
Vancouver Island Marmots are considered "critically endangered" with an estimated 250 marmot population.
Unfortunately, the average human is unlikely to come across this rare creature in the wild, but if you happen to be in the high mountains on Vancouver Island this is how you identify them. Vancouver Island Marmots are usually brown in colour with a white muzzle. Most are the size of a large housecat.
How can I identify a V.I. Marmot?
Species: M. Vancouverensis
Vancouver Island Marmots are related to squirrels.
During the 2010 Vancouver Olympics there were 3 mascots - and a sidekick. The sidekick was named MukMuk. Can you guess what animal MukMuk is?
A Vancouver Island Marmot!
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My action plan is to: first, fund more research missions. Then from there we can decide what to do. I will also support conservation efforts to help sustain this creature.
Marmots lose on average 1/3 of their
body weight during hibernation.
What can YOU do?
You can donate to the Toronto Zoo which currently has Vancouver Island Marmots.
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Vancouver Island Marmot