I caught one last night in my live trap, he's been relocated to a nice
piece of conservation land in another town. I've reset the trap just in
case there are more of them. Does anyone know how large their colonies
I believe you are confusing groundhogs with prairie dogs. You're
unlikely to find more than a half dozen or so groundhogs in one
burrow. Note that around this time of the year the females will be
giving birth, so if you trap and relocate the mother, you may be
killing the young in the burrow.
Some people don't like killing things, even rodents, others don't
mind, others enjoy it. I have no idea where the OP falls on that
spectrum. Given that he's relocated one already my guess is that he'd
rather not kill them if he could avoid it.
On Wed, 14 May 2008 13:13:41 -0400, J. Clarke wrote:
I don't want to kill them if I can avoid it. I've managed to trap one so
I know the trap works. The groundhog was fairly passive so moving them to
conservation land and then releasing them seems like the best course of
action. If they were vicious then I'd consider killing them but given how
tame they are I don't see any reason to harm them.
I've never seen a groundhog or prairie dog, but we've got countless
gophers at my new workplace (where I'm trying to set up a small veg
garden). I've tried several of the more traditional baits to trap the
burrowing little garden-guerrillas and tomato-terrorists but to date
they seem to lust most after bits of greasy breaded skin from leftover
supermarket fried chicken, if they can get to it before the ants carry
it all away. I trapped six gophers in one day using two traps when I
switched from peanut butter or grain baits to fried chicken.
I was given the choice to move here or become unemployed - I'm still not
certain I made the right decision...
How are you at snake hunting?
When we lived in the foothills above the Mojave desert in Californica,
(above Lancaster), we had a HORRIBLE time with gophers and moles.
Cats are better than dogs at killing those, but it still was not
We used to have to take our own garbage to the local landfill. There was
a spot in the Antelope Valley where they were using the San Andreas
fault fissure as a landfill. <g> I'm not kidding...
Anyhoo, the roads thru the desert leading to the landfills and sunset
often had snakes laying out on the roads to stay warm while the desert
cooled. Mostly gopher snakes, kingsnakes and the occasional mojave
green. We left those (the rattlesnakes) alone of course!
We'd stop for the beneficials and pick them up. Some would die on the
way home as they'd already been run over by another car and you could
not always tell they were fatally injured. <sigh>
Anyway, we introduced about a dozen or more snakes into gopher holes
over a two year period.
The gopher and mole problem TOTALLY disappeared, and it put a dent in
the local ground squirrel population too. :-)
Natural predators always work better than traps and poison IME.
I also kept the occasional snake as a pet. I fed them using a baited
repeater mouse trap...
That sounds like an excellent idea!
I'd been considering using a "Rodenator" (As seen on YouTube).
I've seen only one very small snake since moving to Kennewick, WA.
It was coiled up on the hallway carpet, in front of a restroom at work.
I'll assume that means there are snakes outside the building as well,
since most snakes aren't civilized enough to come indoors and wait in
line to use the toilet... (grin)
Considering the size and ferocity of our gophers, I'd better choose only
large snakes. Perhaps I should read up on them first, as I know only
"Stay away from snakes with rattles".
It sure won't hurt. ;-) Trick is to introduce predators, and convince
your neighbors not to kill them.
Honestly, if you do study up on Herpetology, you will find that America
has very few poisonous reptiles. Learn to recognize those few and the
rest are safe.
I'll get around to it - in my own rather disorganized manner!
Update: The gophers devoured my tomato plants, the broccoli, and
unexpectedly... the pimiento pepper plant. Perhaps I should have planted
habenero!? Maybe horseradish? These gophers are out of control - A
blackbird made the sad mistake of pecking at a trap, and hopefully left
this world without suffering... And a gopher dragged its carcass, still
in the trap, halfway down a gopher hole to gnaw upon it.
Only halfway, because the trap was too wide to fit down the hole.
Mutant, carnivorous, radioactive gophers! Run! Run for your lives!
In Europe the squirrels are red.
Your Texas Antelope Squirrel looks a lot like what we call a chipmunk
and that was before I saw the Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel.
Yeah. I call some of the ground squirrels "chipmunks" too. The ground
squirrels in California are very big, and cause a lot of foundation
damage in some places with their burrowing. The gopher snakes I
"transplanted" to kill gophers also did a number on them. <g>
By the way, thanks for the czech. It just arrived.
Hope the cactus does well for you!
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