“Rock Chuck”

Here's Lookin' at You, Kid!  This Rock Chuck in the Maroon Bells Wilderness near Aspen, Colorado, has just finished modeling school and is dying to be in pictures!  Put him on your wall if you can't take time off to visit him now.  -- Grabo',  Wildlife Photographer
copyright 2001, Grabo'

My son Stanley and I were spending a few days backpacking in the Maroon Bells / Snowmass wilderness near Aspen, Colorado, and this rock chuck just begged me to photograph him. He sat there posing in all kinds of postures, (I think he was looking for a handout). The animals can seem extremely tame when people are near, but it’s best never to feed them for the good of their health, and trying to pet them can be dangerous.

Aspen, Colorado, August, 1999

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