Tomato Varmints

Hi All,
I'm in Southeastern Virginia.
Went out this morning and something destroyed one of my tomato plants. It was cut off on the main stem, just above ground level. There were two main side shoots and these to had been cut off. One of the side shoots was cut off, but the upper half of it was "scraped" away revealing the hollow tube inside. So picture cutting a drinking straw on a long lengthwise diagonal and you've got it. I'm thinking, upper part scraped away, Rodent?
I know we have a groundhog, and I know we have a Rabbit. I have Eggplant and Pattypan Squash and all the leaves were eaten off them soon after planting. They've grown back and I think will be OK if nothing else gets to them.
I had one other tomato have the same thing happen early on, and I bought a replacement. I kept the original and it too has grown back - enough so that I replanted it. It too had the main branch "chewed" off.
The only odd thing this time was that there was a bit of "goo" - basically looked like bug guts or "poo" from a bug (though had white in places so could be bird poo that just happened to land there).
Is this probably a varmint, or are there insects that do this kind of damage? I know there are cutworms but I thought this is too big for that - this is over the top of a standard tomato cage already.
I've looked at a couple of websites - but what's wrong with these people - none of them have pictures (of course I didn't provide one either!). Insects I can spray for. Varmints I have to go buy some fencing, and I'm not crazy about that. I think I'm going to have to leave the dogs out more.
TIA for any help. Steve
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Could be tomato cut worm: http://www.yourgarden.com/article/marian/TomatoProblems/TomatoProblems.htm Frank
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If you know you have groundhogs, that'd be my guess for your tomato eater. Those things are pigs. I don't think it's a tomato cutworm because you're in SE VA and by now, your tomatoes are probably pretty big. Cutworms go for new transplants. Our garden is fenced and we still have to hit the groundhogs with BBs.
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Yes - they were big enough that I don't think it would be the cut worms (and that's happened to pepper plants before right after transplant).
So - they get through the fence?
I might have to send the dogs out more frequently.
Do the tomatoes ever get to a size that the GH will stop messing with them, or will they pretty much eat them anytime.
Thanks, Steve
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Possibly under- or if it is a good tight fence- they climb.

A good Crossman and some pellets might work better.

Anytime - anyplace - any thing.
Jim
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