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Groundhog Trap

By Joe Singleton

Groundhog, woodchuck, or whistling pig – they all amount to the same thing: a cute, furry pest. The genus, Marmota monax, known best through its weather-predicting spokesperson, Punxsutawney Phil, is found in lowland areas of the Northeast (such as Punxsutawney, PA) and the Midwest United States, but has also somehow burrowed its way into northern Washington state, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada

Groundhog Facts : Why they’re a Trouble Some

Some more things which make groundhogs unwelcome:

* Their tunnels are rather extensive and complex, having many entrances and emergency exits; if a web of tunnels extends under a structure’s foundation, they can crack, weaken, or even sink it.

* Their tunnels are rather extensive and complex, having many entrances and emergency exits; if a web of tunnels extends under a structure’s foundation, they can crack, weaken, or even sink it.

* They love to eat vegetation, and that includes vegetation that the owner of the groundhog-besmirched lawn has planted for their eating and/or viewing pleasure

By clearing out forests and murdering off wolves and other natural predators, farmers and foresters have caused the groundhog to proliferate during the last century. Now that human home is expanding beyond towns and suburbs, householders face close encounters with these buck-toothed fur-balls. Whereas the not-so-little varmints ( they can weigh up to thirty pounds ) still fear their traditional predators, plenty of whom are not around, they aren’t all that afraid of humans. hunters can get near enough to get a simple shot at Mr. Woodchuck.

Hunting, you might think, would keep groundhog populations under control. It does not, any more than it keeps the deer population in control. These rodents reproduce quicker than marksmen could probably eliminate them, and hunting, as a sport, has dropped in renown during the last few decades. Besides, if you are going to hunt something, why not hunt something that you can eat?

Losing Groundhogs

So, unless you want to use them for target practice (which may be illegal where you live so, if you want to shoot them, best check with your local authorities), you’re going to need some method for getting rid of them that doesn’t require a gun.

There are as many old-time “folk remedies” for shooing them, as there are modern technologies:

* Dropping moth balls in their burrows or obstructing the holes with ammonia-soaked rags

* moth balls Simulated piss of predators ,eg foxes; apparently putting some in their burrows shocks them off

* Putting generally available poison gas cartridges into their burrows, especially during their hibernation period.

* Hooking a hose to an auto exhaust pipe, extending the hose down a burrow, and running the engine until the groundhogs come out; they’ll then need to be encircled

* Placing near their burrow an electronic gadget that emits high frequency noise; this irritates them to the point of leaving.

Removing a Groundhog

The sole certain way to free yourself of groundhogs is to catch them. Leghold traps may be used, though with one of those, you will then have to deal with the animal, and you wish to do a check with local authorities regarding whether such traps are legal where you reside. You’ll also utilize a non-deadly trap to catch the groundhog and then release the encircled animal in another location. Such traps might be purchased or, frequently borrowed from a long suffering organization.

Downsides to catch-and-release:

* As with any kind of trap, you’re going to have to find the opening to the burrow to place the trap; this is not always easy.

* The animals may not take the bait, preferring to eat what’s available around them.

* You may not have a place to release them. You cannot release the creatures on private property without the owner’s permission. Public lands may prohibit releasing them there; in fact, some states don’t allow this practice at all. If you do find a place to release the animals, the place must be at least five miles away so that they cannot find their way back.

Your best bet is to do this in the spring, when groundhog holes will be easier to find and groundhogs, coming out of their hibernation, will be hungrier for your bait. The place that provides your trap can give you advice on baiting it. Spring is also preferable because you will be ridding yourself of the groundhogs before they reproduce and give you more animals to get rid of.

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Joe Singleton has over 20 years experience in the outdoors. To read more on this subject, please check out groundhog repellent

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