A large stocky grayish-brown marmot with a whistling call, found in the mountains of northwestern North America.
- Marmota caligata, family Sciuridae
- 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.
- 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 shrill whistle of the hoary marmot is a familiar sound to Alaskans, especially to hikers with dogs.
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Syllabification: hoar·y mar·mot
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