This peculiar creature, part mole and part squirrel is under research in being the culprit for the infamous black plague; a disease which interestingly started just after the Mongolian Empire halted its expanse at the gates of Europe.
The Marmots favored home is the expansive grasslands but due to illegal hunting their numbers have declined by 90% over the past thirty years. Marmots keep grasslands healthy by digging tunnels that aerate the soil and spread nutrients. Marmots are hunted due to their meat and despite the hunting of marmots being declared illegal in the 1970’s hunting and selling of Marmot meat on the black market continues. As a visitor to the grassland steppe say no to Marmot meat by not purchasing it on the black market.