One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large stocky greyish-brown marmot with a whistling call, found in the mountains of north-western North America.
Marmota caligata, family SciuridaeAlso called whistler
- ‘Little is known about the actual mating behavior of hoary marmots because most matings occur inside burrows.’
- ‘The hoary marmot, so called because of the mantle of white fur which covers his shoulders and back, is well known to hikers in the western mountains of North America.’
- ‘If there is limited food, hoary marmots may live in groups of one adult male and female and their young.’
- ‘Today hoary marmots are protected from being hunted in the Yukon, except by First Nations people.’
- ‘The alarm call of both hoary marmot and the woodchuck is a loud whistle.’
- ‘During summer you'll find elk feeding in open meadows, mule deer trying to keep cool on wind swept ridges and hoary marmots sunning themselves on rocky outcroppings.’
- ‘Presumably it (the only species of mammal unique to the island) arose from hoary marmots of the mainland that reached what is now Vancouver Island during the second last glaciation.’
- ‘The hoary marmot is found in Alaska south to Washington, northern Oregon and most of Montana and parts of Idaho.’
- ‘There are at least four major kinds - those are hoary marmots you see on the banks of the Spokane River - and they're closely related to prairie dogs, groundhogs and chipmunks.’
- ‘The shrill whistle of the hoary marmot is a familiar sound to Alaskans, especially to hikers with dogs.’
- ‘Its flesh can also be eaten: however, no hunting season is provided for hoary marmots in Alaska.’
- ‘Named for the mantle of white fur on its shoulders and back, the hoary marmot lives throughout the western mountains of North America.’
- ‘The name Whistler was used by these early settlers because of the shrill whistling sound made by the western hoary marmots who live among the rocks.’
- ‘Under ordinary circumstances hoary marmots are usually seen on the top of boulder piles.’
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