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Old 05-06-2009, 08:34 AM   #21
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... have an occasional groundhog in a neighbor's yard. We're big groundhog fans and are trying to figure out how to get one to set up housekeeping in a corner of our lot.
I live in a National Wildlife Refuge so I don't meet the urban qualification and won't attempt to list the critters that come to visit. I understand how you find groundhogs attractive and am cultivating them in my own yard. I'm no expert but have been watching their behavior for a few years and I think that shelter is the critical factor in encouraging their residency. They naturally dig their burrows in the shelter of woods or rocks near the edge of open areas. I have observed that they like to be able to get under something quickly when frightened. I have discouraged them from digging under the edges of concrete slabs and noticed that they are equally eager to create burrows under wooden decks that rest on the ground.

If I were trying to lure one of these guys to create a new burrow I'd build a small platform with a small opening or two between the platform and the ground. This seems to work as a good invitation for them to begin their own excavation under this cover.

I like to feed my neighbors and they have an appetite for a variety of foods. Birdseed, carrots, celery, lettuce and peanuts are all popular. The carrots and celery are good because there is no competition with the birds and squirrels for these meals.

Here's a link to a groundhog site:
Groundhogs at HogHaven - Groundhog Woodchuck Photo Video Recording Day

These are photos of some of my residents.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:16 PM   #22
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As if on cue, this place is about 10-15 miles from my house as the crow flies. It's in a national forest, but very close to major urban areas.

Mountain lion mauls dog that defended owners
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These are photos of some of my residents.
Dang, you are really lucky.
There were signs of groundhog excavations on three sides of our house (against the foundation wall) when we moved in, but I don't know if they were active. Thanks very much for the tips on attracting them. I'll give the wood platform a shot, there's a good spot at the back of our property. Also, I'm planing to build a small concrete pad for a trailer, it would be easy to beef it up with some rebar and thicker concrete so that a groundhog burrowing underneath wouldn't compromise its integrity.
The little guys are fun to watch. The ones who ived nearby two years ago loved brocolli and cauliflower. They would also come over and eat the petunias-just the flowers, and usually the ones that needed to be deadheaded anyway.
I'm a little nervous about inviting them over to stay, as these animals are, ahem, not universally popular. My neighbors might kill or trap them when they come to visit. I guess that can't be prevented, and if we grow the right stuff maybe they'll restrct their grazing primarily to our yard.

Thanks for the pictures. Did you ever see them climb trees? We saw a whole family of three go up and down a hackberry tree. They aren't very graceful, but they make up for it in persistence.
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I live in a very urban area. I used to walk to downtown to work from my home, about 1.8 miles.

We have seen these mammals:

bears
raccoons
skunks
deer
rabbits
fox
gray squirrels
chipmunks
norway rats
mice

We have quite a bit of bird life, with a Merlin pair nesting in a spruce behind our home and a bald eagle pair nesting at the old school a block and a half away. The herring gulls just got back north and are screaming around the house today. Yard nesters include ruby throated hummingbirds, robins, crows, chickadees, purple finches, blue jays that can perfectly imitate the Merlins, and assorted sparrows. The Merlins did a good job of reducing the doves and pigeons.

No hummingbirds back yet--feeders set out a couple of days ago. The raptors aren't around yet nor are the jays. Chickadees are here year round and are singing the mating call over and over.
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Great groundhog pics!

I have an old graying groundhog living under my deck for the past several years. Also deer, ducks, geese, fox, fish, birds, squirrels, gophers, snakes, rabbits, mice, and an occasional beaver.
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Lots of whitetail deer, occasional snake, blue herons, (there's a stocked trout stream 50 yards from the back door) geese, ducks, one year several large turtles came up from the creek - these guys were a good two and three feet long. Some foxes, rabbits, groundhogs, the usual for WV.

The deer are becoming a problem with vehicle strikes. Not a week goes by that I don't see one on the side of the road.
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Chipmunk news: We saw three little ones out today with a parent. This is the first chipmunk family we've seen this year. The little guys are not "babies" and appear to be about 2/3rds the size of their parents. Very cute.
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More chipmunk news: a few weeks ago, a chipmunk set up camp near our strawberry bed, just outside the garden fence.
Talk about location, location, location.
Most of them stay in the woods where they belong, but this one was clearly an entrepreneur.
It had dug a real nice deep hole right in the lawn area. Having the opposable thumb evolutionary advantage...I set up the humane trap with a nice juicy peanut in the shell as bait. It just couldn't resist and was caught within an hour.
El Chipmunk's new address is now lakefront property. We transported it by car over to the woods near the local lake. I don't feel right poisoning them, so relocation is the next best bet.
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More chipmunk news: a few weeks ago, a chipmunk set up camp near our strawberry bed, just outside the garden fence.
Talk about location, location, location.
Most of them stay in the woods where they belong, but this one was clearly an entrepreneur.
It had dug a real nice deep hole right in the lawn area. Having the opposable thumb evolutionary advantage...I set up the humane trap with a nice juicy peanut in the shell as bait. It just couldn't resist and was caught within an hour.
El Chipmunk's new address is now lakefront property. We transported it by car over to the woods near the local lake. I don't feel right poisoning them, so relocation is the next best bet.
yeah, you have to catch quite a few to make a meal out of them...
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The chipmunks, squirrels and birds right off our back patio provide endless hours of entertainment for our indoors cats. Yesterday 2 morning doves were flying around the house and landed on "their" windowsill. It resulted in an hour-long standoff between cats and birds. The birds seem totally unimpressed by the cats' "maneuvers" and display of strength...
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yeah, you have to catch quite a few to make a meal out of them...
Or a fur coat
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This guy was spotted briefly and then moved on. Maybe he's headed your way.
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i live in a so. cal. suburb. but i have a big hill behind my house
along with some open space behind that..

i hear coyotes dining on the local rabbit population right outside my
back fence late at night about once every couple months or so.
lots of coyote yips and then suddenly silence.. dinner is served.

also, once quite a while back my mini schnauzer was going ballistic
at the back glass sliding door so i looked outside and
there's a bobcat drinking out of his water dish outside

it's funny because he's very aware of coyote's being "a bad thing".
He's real quiet when he hears them and comes inside right away if he's outside.
I don't let him out late at night anymore unless i'm nearby.
With the bobcat i'm not sure sure what he would have done if he was outside.

He barks at domestic dogs too.. so go figure.
i guess there's a distinction going there between a bona-fide hunting party
and softy domestics like him taking a walk..
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this little mom was on my mom's front porch for a few weeks a recently.
everybody has flown the nest at this point though..
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All sorts of critters here, but this is one of our prettiest.
My son got this pic of a Bluebird at our feeder.

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I've had some of those also - but I didnt let them in the house. Looks like a good companion for your pup.
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