We have a groundhog under back porch - dug a *huge* hole and apparently has
made its way inside the stone foundation. Any suggestions for
catching/killing it? I've done a little research on the Internet about
trapping it, but it sounds like we've got a slim to none chance of doing
that, which is why I'm asking about a more permanent solution. We live in
town, so "shoot it" won't work......
Would a stocking full of dog fur help at all? Anyone?
You can trap younger groundhogs pretty easily with large traps baited with
apples, potted lettuce plants and an appropriate lure. (Try bugspray.com for
effective lures and good advice).
You might be able to trap a larger groundhog if you set up a trap which is wired
open as a 'feeding station' with apples and melon. When you know the animal
is used to feeding from the trap, set it to spring.
There are also traps with bottom entries which can be rigged up over a burrow
so the animal exits into the trap.
Even in town, some groundhogs get shot...
And then there's the neighbor that bowhunts. That's pretty quiet, too...
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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email@example.com (Pat Kiewicz) wrote in message
If you can't shoot them or trap them but still want to drop them dead,
you can block up the escape holes and flush water into the open hole.
Or, you can scatter bubble gum around the holes. The critters like the
sweet stuff but can't pass it. Eventually..... I know it's gross and a
bit cruel, but it works.
On Tue, 25 May 2004 05:25:41 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org (Pat Kiewicz)
If you use a metal trap for a groundhog, make sure it is a STRONG one.
Groundhogs are very strong animals, and if there is a weak area in the trap they
will find it and tear the trap apart to get out.
If the hole is accessible, I've had some luck with enlarging it so a
trap will fit into it and still close. The only way out of this hole is
through the trap. I then cover it so the mesh isn't quite so obvious and
put some tasty treat just outside. I've found a 6-pack of broccoli works
Unfortunately, woodchucks dig burrows with two entrances. This means
that if the chuck is suspicious of the hole, it will go out the other one.
Note that it is illegal to transport wildlife. If you catch the chuck,
the only legal thing to do with it is either dispatch it or release it
on your property. Carrying it somewhere else is not legal and very
inconsiderate to the people who live somewhere else. Check with your
local animal control officer for your options.
If you can find the other hole, you might try a gas bomb. These are
small cartridges which generate hydrogen sulfide to kill the occupant of
the burrow. If you go this route, find the woodchuck-sized cartridges
rather than the small rodent size generally available in the hardware
store. The woodchuck size is about 1" or 1.5" in diameter and about 6"
long. Around here (MA) Agway carries them. Tape the cartridge to a long
stick. Cover one end of the burrow. Get a shovel full of soil ready,
light the fuse, shove the stick with the cartridge down into the hole as
far as you can, and start filling the hole. The fuses never give you
enough time to do it leisurely. Note: if you have a dry stone
foundation, you might smell rotten eggs in the basement. Ventilate.
Also note that when digging the burrow, the chuck will go in some
direction and make a turn. This makes it difficult for predators that
dig to follow the direction of the burrow. It also makes it difficult to
get the smoke bomb very far into the burrow. Test with the stick to find
the best angle to insert the stick and smoke bomb before lighting it.
If you didn't get the chuck (it might not have been home at the time --
woodchucks may have more than one independent burrow), you will know
because the hole will open up again (maybe after a week, when the H2S
Nicole Thompson wrote:
If traping the chuck is successful than try seeing if there is an
animal rescue near you often they will relocate the beasty for you and
they only ask you give a small donation if you are able
we have one in pa near me called schukyll animal refuge. most cities
have one or two we've taken an injured owl baby spuirls a chipmunk
who kept geting in the house and eating my cereal and a few birds and
things and we always got an up date on releases if the animal
surrvived the owl was not able to fly ever again but he got a good
home with a trainer and he is in a nice home i was sad he could not
go free but he is a fat happy bird I hear.
so mayby mr chuck can get shipped off to a reserve where he won't
cause any more trouble
I prefer to shoot them but neighbors and wife might object. Get a Hav-a-hart
trap and relocate groundhog to more affluent neighborhood. Most places,
trapping or shooting of groundhogs is not illegal.
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