While I was photographing this Dall Sheep recently in Denali, I heard a bunch of rocks sliding down the scree hillside next to me. I looked over, and this Hoary Marmot came running down the hill and right up to me! He stopped long enough to stare at me while I grabbed then photo, then it turned and ran off. Really cool experience.
I’m not sure why he came up to me like that, I’m thinking it was just curious. He acted like he was used to being feed, but it is very early in the season in an area few visitors are going to be walking, so I don’t think he was feed. Plus, I don’t think they would like most hand outs. So, I’m sticking with the curious story.