Groundhog/Woodchuck Control

I've got one hanging around. Looks like a squirrel on steroids. Got a little dog that thinks he's a big dog. He's not seen the GH/WC yet. Our vet says he'll lose any altercation between the two.
Anyone have any experience with these critters?
TIA
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Our cat used in the 1970s to fight local groundhogs every spring and always lost, hence big vet bills. Successors kept clear of them, but those animals are a nuisance and I'd happily shoot any found on this newer property.
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JB said:

Live trap baited with apples. 'Chum' around the outside with cut pieces, put the motherload in the back of the trap.
They will sometimes stand their ground and I myself have been charged, so it's possible they might not run from a small dog (putting it in danger).
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I had woodchucks years ago. They would get into my garden and get the tender, green shoots on the new plants. And, they would easily get over a 2' fence. I tried a Wrist Rocket (sling shot), chasing them, but not poisons because there are little kids inthe neighborhood that might decide I was putting out candy. Gopher Gassers started a ground fire that required a call to the fire department. In the end, a battery operated electric fence worked. I strung the wire about 8" off the ground. ALso, I put some fence material in the lawn (horizontal) to thwart them digging under the fence. Putting used kitty litter down their holes helped.
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On 10/26/2010 5:52 AM, Pat Kiewicz wrote:

Thanks for the advice. I've got a Hav a Hart trap on the way. I'll post what happens.
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On 10/25/2010 8:39 PM, JB wrote:

I use a Hav-a-hart trap baited with peanut butter. Laws vary on trap and release. Here you can trap but not release and can kill animal. Kind of stupid and I release anyway to parkland. Recently learned that it is a good idea to close trap at night as I've also caught raccoons and skunks.
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I have never experienced this ever, if I were you I'd call someone that knows stuff about animals.
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It might be a good idea to keep the dog indoors until the creature ravaging your garden is captured and removed.
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I like stubby's idea. I think I will try the battery operated electric fence.
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On 10/25/2010 7:39 PM, JB wrote:

To date I've caught 3 possums and 3 raccoons in a borrowed Hav A Hart trap. No Woodchucks/Groundhogs.
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JB said:

Close your trap at night. Groundhogs are diurnal. In my experience, the peak time for trapping them is somewhere between 4 and 5 pm.
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