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    1 - Olympic Marmot Marmota olympus

    07/16/2013 Hurricane Hill Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    2 - Olympic Marmot, a typical distant view.

    06/19/2007 Hurricane Hill Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    3 - Olympic Marmot, showing ear tag.

    06/19/2007 Hurricane Hill Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    4 - Olympic Marmot, showing ear tag. Same individual as in slide 4.

    06/19/2007 Hurricane Hill Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    5 - Olympic Marmot.

    08/07/2011 Obstruction Point Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    6 - Olympic Marmot.

    09/11/2017 Hurricane Hill Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    7 - Olympic Marmot, showing partly changed coat color.

    09/27/2009 Obstruction Point Road, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    8 - Olympic Marmot. D. G. Elliot’s comments on the coat color change Olympic Marmots undergo in Catalogue of Mammals from the Olympic Mountains Washington With Descriptions of New Species, 1899.
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    9 - Olympic Marmot partial skull, photographed as found, on a hike.

    07/09/2006 Grand Valley, Olympic National Park, Washington

The Olympic Marmot (Marmota olympus) occurs only in the high country of the Olympic Mountains. The marmots occupy several easily accessible areas in in the Hurricane Ridge area at or above 5,000 feet elevation, including the meadows near the Hurricane Ridge Lodge.

In past years, many marmots had ear tags, but by 2015 tagging had ceased, so it would be rare to see a tagged individual (slides 3, 4 and 5).

Over the course of a seaon, marmot coats change from gold to dark brown, starting at the head end (slide 7). D. G. Elliot commented on this coat color change in Catalogue of Mammals from the Olympic Mountains Washington With Descriptions of New Species, 1899 (slide 8).