Yellow-Bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) Photo Credit: Frank Cone

Feeding Habits: Marmots are herbivores and feed nearly exclusively on green, non-woody vegetation. When greens are not available, they hibernate.

Unique Features: Marmots, also known as “rock chucks”, are the largest members of the squirrel family. There are three species in Washington, but only the Yellow-bellied are found at the Wells Project.

Marmots are an important prey species for large predatory birds and mammals.  When available they are a preferred prey for golden eagles.

Cultural significance: The Northern Okanagan, Lakes and Colville cultures used marmot for its fur and as a food source.