Yellow-bellied Marmots are large burrowing rodents with small ears and short muzzles that live in alpine meadows and near the forest edge of the western United States and southwestern Canada. They may climb trees but are most often seen on the ground near rocks or their burrows, living in colonies of 10-20 individuals. They can be identified by their "whistle" or chirp sound they make when they are alarmed. They feed on grasses and leaves, and hibernate from late fall until spring.
To help raise understanding of wildlife in the park, Yosemite Conservancy helps fund critical wildlife research conducted by Yosemite National Park Service. These projects, in turn, inform strategies and conservation plans to help ensure the future of these wonderful animals. To learn more about wildlife management projects Yosemite is funding visit: Wildlife Management | Yosemite Conservancy