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    1 - Olympic Marmots, Marmota olympus.

    09/21/2009 Obstruction Point Road, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    1 - Olympic Marmot.

    09/21/2009 Obstruction Point Road, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    1 - Olympic Marmot.

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

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    4 - Coyote, Canis latrans.

    09/21/2009 Obstruction Point Road, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    5 - Coyote, closeup.

    09/21/2009 Obstruction Point Road, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    6 - Coyote.

    09/21/2009 Obstruction Point Road, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    7 - Olympic Marmot. D. G. Elliot’s comments on the Olympic Marmots alarm call in Catalogue of Mammals from the Olympic Mountains Washington With Descriptions of New Species, 1899.
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8 - Olympic Marmot Alarm Call 09/21/2009

9 - Olympic Marmot Alarm Call 09/27/2009

In late September 2009, I walked toward a small copse of trees north of the Obstruction Point road, in Olympic National Park. I heard a shrill call. At first I didn’t know what made the call, so I walked in the direction I thought the call came from. Finally, I saw several Olympic Marmots, Marmota olympus, standing up and looking north. I recorded the call that day and another a few days later.

Wondering what the marmots were calling about, I walked around a bit, and finally looked downslope to see a coyote far down toward the valley. It seemed to be just resting at first, and then looked up at me. After a bit, it wandered casually farther down.