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This guy's in my spot !

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
Loveland caught him at the top of chair 9(where I should be instead of working).


Less than 120 days 'til loveland opens it's white ribbon of death !
post #2 of 32

salt, onion and sage! ..

Marmot stew is very tasty!
post #3 of 32
That wasn't very nice.

Looked like a Wood Chuck to me.
post #4 of 32
A sweet little guy indeed!

I miss them much in the Alps recently. I have only seen one during the last three years. Fact is, I was only on the skiing part of glacier, not anywhere off.
I heard a story about a marmot falling asleep and lying in the middle of the asphalt road to the glacier. The driver had to literally carry him away...

Another story is a few dacades older. There was a permanent snowfield in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. It was practically the only place we could ski and train in summer. It was not easily accessible and a hike/climb of almost 400-m (1,300 ft.) elevation was inevitable every day. We used to let everything we could there, i.e. also skis and boot shells. There´s a story from the days of leather buckle boots about a skier who found just the buckles and rivets one morning, the rest of his boots having been eaten by the marmots.

I don´t think this is completely true but after the marmots devoured most of my foodstuffs I stored there under a fairly heavy rock I know what the little bas*ards are capable of.

Still, I insist they are sweet little guys.
post #5 of 32

when you are hungry ...

Marmots and woodchucks (groundhogs) .... all the same critter.

On the flats they are chucks or groundhogs.

The steeper the hill, it becomes a marmot.

They were the only meat in the stew too many nights.
post #6 of 32
Marmot hunting season here in Colorado starts August 10th. Some areas like South Colony Lakes and Chicago Basin have (what seems to me) excessive numbers of these critters, so help yourself.
post #7 of 32
They are rare and strictly protected here.
Couldn´t you ship some over?
post #8 of 32
Same here, marmots are listed as endangered. To eat one is simply unthinkable. I prefer rabbits if it has to be.
Regional governement in South tyrol is trying to re-introduce Bears too... some years ago the first bear to be freed in the area was last seen running (literally) toward the Slowenian border, scared to death!
Now bears are settling, and farmers are complaining about devoured sheeps and goats...bah.
post #9 of 32
Yeah, we can probably send some over to you, but, according to pest laws, we would have to send you an equal number of politicians. I'm not sure that would be worth the eventual costs.
post #10 of 32
Nothing a .243 won't fix.

Just ask these guys...


Pretty gross, so be warned.
post #11 of 32

thanks for reminding me!

My back yard has been over run by the little "sweethearts" and you are not allowed to discharge a firearm.

I bought smoke bombs last week.

Perhaps I could offer them safe passage to Italy?

Fookin "have-a-heart" trap is useless.
post #12 of 32
We refer to a neighbor as the "mayor of Pownal" because he knows all that goes on everywhere in town and has a healthy disregard for some of the town rules.

A groundhog made camp on property he maintains (about 30 feet from Bonni's garden---which he used as his private restaurant) so "mayor" shot the varmint, no fuss, no fanfare---move on to the next task!
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Funny, I have no problem killing a critter that is a problem. The porcupines that tore up the out house at a cabin that I use were dispatched easily on night perimeter partol (caught in the act).

I just got a call from the cabin that the possums have taken over.

They love to chew on plywood and ate through the protective pressure treated sheathing to get to it, and the supports for the seat too!

I just can't bring myself to "gas attack" the woodchucks though.
post #14 of 32
Originally Posted by steve crumbaugh
Yeah, we can probably send some over to you, but, according to pest laws, we would have to send you an equal number of politicians. I'm not sure that would be worth the eventual costs.
No thanx. I´d know about lots of politians here who should be not sent abroad but launched to the Moon with no spacesuits on. No imports, please. Marmots would be good but the vet regulations would prevent it anyway...
post #15 of 32

got em checkracer! ..

They were not native marmots, they didn't have green cards so I sent em' back to you and .....

its too late ...

The Czech's are in the mail.

sorry ... another poor joke that had something to do with a sperm donor originally..
post #16 of 32
Woodchucks are Marmots are not the same. Marmots (or whistle-pigs) are much less likely to cause the havoc that groundhogs do, they don't stink as bad and hearing their whistle is one of the joys of alpine hiking.
post #17 of 32
Thread Starter 
man, all i meant to say was that I should be on that mountain and it turns into this !

hope, peta doesn't get wind of this thread.
post #18 of 32

lets key it out?

According to my Funky Wagnalls, they indicate they are the same.

According to Random House .. Marmot .."any bushy-tailed, stocky rodents of the genus Marmota, as the woodchuck." ... also notes the murmur/whistle noise they make hence marmota ...

I don't have a tax key fer' critters but if they can interbreed .... anyone got a wild life guide?
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It's summer. I'm going mentally sterile.
post #20 of 32
A marmot is a Middle Age Rural Mother of Teenagers (from another thread).

A woodchuck is a chucker of wood, not to be confused with a chukkar of . . . nevermind.

Steve's idea of sending over a mixed grill of politicians and furry pests to a part of world that has horsemeat on its menu is not all bad, but I can't blame them for not wanting to be on the receiving end. And telling one from the other might be tough.
post #21 of 32
Rats are still the best, regardless.
post #22 of 32
well well, talk of rodents brings one back to the fold!
post #23 of 32
Don't go to Montana, BRat: Look at what they do to varmints there!
That's one nasty set o' videos, Xdog1. At least, if you're a Good Shot, they don't know what hit them.

Prairie dog roasts all over the ground.:

I worked with a guy who made an annual pilgrimage to South Dakota for the sole purpose of a week of killing these guys. He averages about 400. They're left on the ground to rot. PU. He also has a subscription to "Varmint Hunter" magazine.
He's unbalanced.
post #24 of 32
Ain´t it funny to see what summer does to otherwise fairly intelligent adults regardless of countries or even continents?

Otoh, any marmot is probably better than posts of a certain contributor...
post #25 of 32
I dunno checkracer---ever seen a marmot slither down a slippery slope?? there is a remarkable resemblance --- its all in the wiggle
post #26 of 32
FYI: The Woodchuck is only one type of Marmot (which is a type of squirrel). The ones we are used to seeing in the Rockies are: "The yellow-bellied marmot, M. flaviventris, is found in W North America from S Canada to New Mexico. The hoary marmot, M. caligata, also called whistler from its shrill warning call, is found in Siberia and from Alaska S to Idaho." They are generally peaceful critters who live mostly in the in mountain wilderness, and are not prone to run amok in urban gangs.

Sorry, but the idea of killing hundreds of fat furry beings in some kind of sadistic stupor and leaving their carcasses to rot on the ground is simply not amusing. (of course, there are some sled-heads who might think it terribly sporting to target practice on people sliding down mountains on sticks and wearing loud clothing.):
post #27 of 32
Originally Posted by skier_j
I dunno checkracer---ever seen a marmot slither down a slippery slope?? there is a remarkable resemblance --- its all in the wiggle
Let´s be careful not to inspire some post!

Those living here are "mountain marmots", Marmota marmota. As Matteo and I said, endangered and protected.

Otoh, there is "Original Samnauner Murmeltier Balsam", a traditional and very popular ointment containing "Marmotte-Oil" and sold in the duty-free zone of the Samnaun-Ischgl ski resort. And there are more types of this balsam in this part of the Alps. Hard to say if the marmots are donors or just marketing labels...
post #28 of 32
Skicougar---he does appear to be looking toward the parking lot.

Check for Burch's truck and the palm tree and any stragglers from the Loveland event (none of us are supposed to talk about). Maybe he just wants to join the party.
post #29 of 32

killin kritters?



Hell Daryl, we gotta have somethin ta' shoot since beer cans became collectables.

post #30 of 32
They need to cull those herds of dogs in those states, otherwise it would be more of a wasteland than it already is. Prairie dogs eat all the vegetation. I don't have a problem with shooting them.....but doesn't that just bring more coyotes to eat the carcasses......which is another pest.........??????
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