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Marmot, large rodents live near timberline in the mountains east of Crestone. They build nests in the rocks and harvest the lush vegetation that grows in favored locations. They can frequently be seen sunning themselves.

As of 2018 they could be hunted, with a proper license, from August 10 to October 15 statewide. Rather easy to find and kill, but extremely tough, bring a pressure cooker. They are considered a delicacy in Mongolia, Here are some suggestions.