We heard this little fellow whistling at us from his safe haven on a rocky slope. (A loud whistle is the marmot alarm call.) He had a handy hole to dive into, so he wasn't too worried about Daisy.
He's a yellow-bellied marmot. We saw several of them as we hiked along at about 9500 feet. Isn't he cute?
The 18-26 inch long Marmots inhabit burrows on rocky slopes on sides of mountain or a meadows. They live from 3 to 20 years eating forbs, clovers, alfalfa, grasses and occasionally insects. Foxes, badgers, bears, Eagles, and mountain lions prey on them. http://www.wildutah.us/