Full disclosure, I had no idea what a marmot was until I went to Rocky Mountain National Park last month. My husband saw this fluffy beaver looking thing on the side of the road and talked about it during our entire trip, then again after we were home on the Northern Colorado.

So we looked it up and turns out it was a marmot. These goofy guys have been making headlines lately as they have been hitch hiking across the front range.

Earlier this Summer, a marmot hitched a ride from Winter Park to Denver and last week one ended up near Northern Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that marmots crawl under cars either for heat or because of the smell of wire coatings that are now soy based and smell like food.

Learn more about Colorado's wildlife with this 'species profile' page.

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