Marmota menzbieri

Menzbier marmot

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Mammals (Mammalia)
Order Rodents (Rodentia)
Family Squirrels (Sciuridae)
Genus Marmots (Marmota)
Species Authority Kaschkarov, 1925
Summary Status: vulnerable (Category II), it is found within a narrow range in the western Tian Shan Mountains in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakstan. It inhabits alpine and subalpine meadows at altitudes of 2,000 to 3,400 meters, and rarely inhabits steppe. In the mid 1940s, in Kazakstan the population was estimated to be 40,000 to 50,000 individuals; currently, its population is only 20,000 to 25,000. The primary limiting factors for this species are poaching and predation by shepherds dogs. Although commercial hunting of the marmots has been prohibited since 1962, the law has not protected it from poachers. It is necessary to intensify inspections during the hunting season and to create a reserve in the Badam River Basin.

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