King of the Ridge
This hoary marmot was one of the denizens of Quigley Ridge. It is closely related to the woodchuck but somewhat larger. They are found only at high altitudes and latitudes. It is hard to believe that any vegetarian can survive in such a bleak, inhospitable environment. Of course, they hibernate for much of the year. Even in summer, they have long shaggy coats. Only those few who went on the Quigley Ridge hike got to see hoary marmots. They seemed unafraid of people. This photo was made with a zoom lens set at its maximum focal length of 85 mm. This was not really strong enough, but I was unwilling to carry a stronger and heavier lens on this hike.