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.

One 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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