A marmot on the loose in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood has been captured, a wildlife rescue group said.
The elusive yellow-bellied marmot was captured on Wednesday after last being spotted hiding under a deck at a home near 25th and Rhode Island streets Tuesday, according to Wildlife Emergency Services president Rebecca Dmytryk.
A wildlife specialist from the organization, based in Moss Landing, captured the marmot and will return it to its native habitat in the Sierra Nevada region, Dmytryk said.
The organization is asking for the public's help to figure out where the critter originated.
Dmytryk said a fundraiser would be held at the Rock Bar in San Francisco on Wednesday night to raise money for the marmot's return trip to Yosemite.
Last June, a marmot was spotted in the city's Bernal Heights neighborhood and eluded capture until early August when it was found and captured at a school in Noe Valley.
The yellow-bellied marmot was returned to the Sierras, but not before the infamous critter became known as the "Bernal Marmot" with its own social media pages.
Bay City News contributed to this report.
First published July 2 2014, 4:48 PM