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Yellowstone: Sheepeater Cliff

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on June 23, 2016

We made a wrong turn and when we realized we had done so, we came upon Sheepeater Cliff and decided to stop and get our bearings.
Sheepeater Cliff was named for the Shoshone Indians who lived throughout this region. Their use of bighorn sheep earned them this name. The cliff is lava that cooled nearly 500,000 years ago.

When we pulled up, we saw a lot of folks admiring this pile of dried lava and wondered what the heck they were looking at.

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Then we saw them.

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Baby Marmots!

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And Mother Marmot.

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These brothers were wrestling and flashing their sharp teeth.

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Marmots are large squirrels and typically live in burrows within rock piles.

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I’ve also heard them be referred to as rock chucks.

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They were rolling around like kittens! It was hilarious!

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They mostly feed on plants and insects.

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Little sister wasn’t having any of it. She was just crawling around the rocks looking cute and eating plants.

Needless to say, we were glad we made a wrong turn because we sure did get a good chuckle. 🙂


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  1. Seasweetie said, on June 23, 2016 at 11:54 am

    My daughter and I love marmots! Thanks for taking a wrong turn!

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  2. Debbie said, on June 23, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Love them !! We hand such fun !!

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  3. Deb Jones said, on June 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Great photos of baby marmots…did you see any pika? If you get a chance go to Hellroaring and go to the right of the parking lot at the bottom of the rocks near the grass…should get some photo ops…baby pikas are pretty cute too…tho like marmots they look almost identical to adults…


    • leahyetter said, on June 23, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      I don’t guess I did. I saw baby ground squirrels and chipmunks. I didn’t know to look for pika but I just looked them up and now I wish I had. They are so cute!!


  4. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat said, on June 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    They are pretty darn cute.


  5. Kevin said, on June 23, 2016 at 8:42 pm



  6. Jarah News-Dachshund adventures said, on June 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Looks like you took the right turn to me! I have been enjoying you beautiful pictues Leah, you and your family sure made a wonderful trip.



  7. furrygnome said, on July 9, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Amazing pictures!


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