Discounted video footage
The Alpine Marmot, Marmota Marmota, Groundhog Video Footage shows a species of marmot found in mountainous areas of central and southern Europe.
Consequently alpine marmots live at heights between 800 and 3,200 metres in the Alps, Carpathians, Tatras, the Pyrenees and Northern Apennines.
First of all they are excellent diggers, able to penetrate soil that even a pickaxe would have difficulty with, and spend up to nine months per year in hibernation.
Especially relevant they were reintroduced with success in the Pyrenees in 1948, where the alpine marmot had disappeared at end of the Pleistocene epoch.
In addition alpine marmots were once widely hunted due for food and because their fat is believed to ease rheumatism when rubbed on the skin.
Therefore hunting of the alpine marmot still occurs for sport as well as for its fat.
Seems like hunting is not a danger to the species as long as well regulated, as they reproduce relatively slowly.
In general the alpine marmot is currently not in danger of extinction.