GROUNDHOGS

Common Concerns & Safety Issues

~ Droppings that render areas unusable
~ Aggressive towards homeowner, guests, employees
~ Excessive grazing & damage to landscape
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Parks
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Golf Courses
Lake Front Properties
Private Communities
Industrial Sites
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Townships
County Governments
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Schools
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Professional Solutions

  • Program design
  • Population control
  • Hazing techniques for flock dispersal and reduction.
  • Consistency withU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permitted guidelines

Understanding the
GROUNDHOG

Grouping Herbivore
Nicknames Wood Chuck, Whistle Pig, Gopher, @#$%^&*!
Best Known For Excellent burrower and excavator. Burrow entrance can be a hole as large as a basketball in diameter. May have multiple holes related to a single den site. Large earth pile at mouth of hole. Predicting the arrival of spring.
Life Span 1 to 5 years
Mating Season March and April.
Reproductive Details After a gestation period of 32 days 3 to 5 pups are born. One litter per year. Young emerge in late May and are often seen close to mom.
Dispersal July / August. Young move out and seek new homes when mom kicks them out!
Habitat Edge animal. Likes open areas adjacent to cover (utility sheds, decks, shrub lines) for underground den sites. Life in the suburbs is good!
Activity Cycle Active during daylight hours. True hibernators (November through mid-March). Distinguishing Features Heavy claws for digging. Can stand upright. Light to dark brown in color with a black tail. Provide dens for many other animal species. Will signal danger with a distinctive whistle. Can and do climb trees, especially mulberry.
Food Fruits, vegetables and soft plant materials. Your garden plants, favorite flowers, and just ripe tomatoes. Mulberries are a favorite.
Damage Signs Plant materials nipped off or missing. Large excavations.
Treatment Trapping. Remove housing ?œattractions? including areas under decks, sheds, sun porches, etc (see Ground Level Exclusion tab). Inspect areas hidden by shrubs or dense foliage and under low buildings or decks through the summer months. Ask your neighbor to get rid of the groundhog living under their shed!
Distinguishing Features Heavy claws for digging. Can stand upright. Light to dark brown in color with a black tail. Provide dens for many other animal species. Will signal danger with a distinctive whistle. Can and do climb trees, especially mulberry.
Risk They are not looking for a fight but will stand their ground if needed. Defensive posture includes teeth clicking and false charges.
Den Sites Depth of dens ranges from 3 to 4 feet deep. Can dig through heavy shale and rocks. Dens range in length from 20 to 50 feet and can have multiple dead ends and exits. Dead ends are often grass lined and act as nesting and birthing locations. It is house with many rooms.

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