Those funny-looking gophers are actually marmots! Yellow-bellied marmots spend a good deal of their time below ground where they dig elaborate tunnels in high elevation fields and mountainsides. Marmots live in groups of 20, and much like the meerkats in Africa, one stands guard on its hind legs when the colony feeds. They emit loud chirping noises to signal danger. On a hike, you will likely hear the call before spotting a marmot staring up at you from their burrow.
Best viewing in summer, spring!
Just like Bears, Marmots spend the winter months hibernating underground. Once the snow melts, you are sure to see them popping in and out of their underground burrows, keeping tabs on the world above and below.