And you are amazed by the sight before you: the lofty summit is populated by what look like giant ground squirrels. The plump critters size you up at once and approach brazenly, eyeing your peanut butter sandwich.
|Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris), at home in the High Sierra.|
|Enjoying the view from the top of Half Dome, in Yosemite National Park.|
|A Half Dome marmot, enjoying natural marmot fare, mountain-mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides)|
|Resist those adorable faces; marmots are far better off without peanut M&Ms and raisins!|