Dramatic Marmot

There’s a ten-foot mural painted on the side of a building that I often pass while walking home. Tonight I finally snapped a photo of it:

Dramatic Vancouver Island Marmot

I always smile when I see it, because it reminds me so much of the famous Dramatic Chipmunk:

I’d look worried, too, if I faced imminent extinction. It was apparently painted by the James Bay Youth Action Team (who have no Google juice at all). Maybe a Victoria resident can tell me how long it’s been there? I doubt it’s a re-imagining of the chipmunk, but I’m curious.

The Vancouver Island Marmot is a bit of a poster boy of wilderness conservation in BC. According to Wikipedia, it’s one of the most endangered mammals on the planet, though there’s apparently cause for optimism.

1 comment

  1. the ‘youth action teams’ were started by the ministry of the attorney general and were made an obsolete program in ~2001… the painting must be around that age…

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