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Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata) Eating Sub Alpine Lupine blossoms(Lupinus latifolis var. subalpinus), near the Four Crossings trailhead, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA. This species of marmot was seen in various loacations in the national park eating Lupine. It was quickly moving from right to left as it virtually inhaled all the lupine blossoms in its path, using both front paws to grab the plant and place it in its mouth. Notice that the area to the immediate right of the animal is a bit trampled down and void of lupine blossoms, and tops of four of the plants immediately in front of the animal have been bitten off.