Marmots are large rodents who generally enjoy living in high elevations and mountainous regions across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Common marmot species have brown or red fur with yellow stomachs and are sometimes called whistle pigs due to their loud, high-pitched vocalizations. Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, are among the 14 species found north of the equator. Looking for marmot tracks can be a good way to identify their presence in a yard or garden.
Using Tracks to Identify Marmots
Weighing over ten pounds and measuring two feet in length, these pests leave deep and well-defined footprints. Marmot tracks can wreak havoc in damp areas of the lawn or near walkways where tidy appearances are important. Since the animals are active from early March throughout September, they’re usually outdoors during the tail end of winter. Marmot tracks in the snow are often accompanied by drag marks left from the animals’ bellies brushing the ground. When prints are found, it may indicate the presence of multiple marmots, as the pests can live in colonies of up to 20 individuals.
Marmot tracks in the snow or mud are an eyesore. The pests’ footmarks are often created during daylight while they enter yards, garages, and sheds in search of a meal. When discouraging the presence of marmots, eliminate rock piles around homes, as the pests instinctively burrow underneath these safe structures. Some residents lay out poisonous moth balls near spots where the creatures congregate, though results are not consistent. To avoid wasting time while colonies grow and reproduce, contact Trutech as soon as marmot footprints are seen around the home.