While the Alpine Marmot is not really an endangered species anymore, I haven’t seen one in wildlife for maybe two decades. During my recent vacation I spotted them during three different occasions. When afraid or feeling there might be danger those cute little mammals start piping to warn others. Often they stop moving at once and if lucky (and being quiet) you can spot them standing or covering, while they wait until the dangerous moment is gone.
Humans who were hunting marmots for their fat brought the marmot close to extinction. Now numbers are growing even if the species is slow at breeding. Now eagles are the main enemy of the alpine marmot.
Alpine Marmots / Alpenmurmeltiere (Marmota marmota) (please click on the photos for a bigger version on Flickr)