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Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem
  • From: "ron iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 23:29:14 +0100

Thank You David & Ellen for your very refreshingly funny & "different"
anecdotes about the dreaded GroundHog!




----- Original Message -----
From: "plantsman" <plantsman@prodigy.net>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 9:59 PM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "ron iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
> To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
> Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 8:47 AM
> Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Woodchuck problem
> > What's a Woodchuck?
> >
> ==============
> A woodchuck or what we southerners call a groundhog, is a large rodent
> looks sort of like a beaver but with a shorter brushy tail.   They are a
> type of marmot (Marmota monax) and burrow underground, eat vegetation,
> especially loving apples and fresh vegetables (fruit & vegetation) from
> peoples gardens.  Farmers especially don't like them because their large
> burrows (with multiple entrances) present a hazard to both cattle and farm
> machinery.   The one I just relocated had three burrow entrances
> my garage foundation.
> I had one as a pet many years ago that was an orphan pup that someone
> and bottle fed.   He was very friendly and followed me around just like a
> dog and would come to you if you called his name or whistled and like to
> held and carried around.  All was well until he got mature and then the
> to dig took over.  You just could not contain him in anything short of a
> steel cage as he was very strong.  We finally ended up giving him to our
> large mountaintop city park's wildlife folks, who relocated him to a
> remote area of the park.  Every year they had a festival at this section
> the park and he would come out to be fed and petted even though he
> weight over 10 pounds.  He even made the local paper one time when they
> a picture of him sitting up on a stump with everyone gathered 'round him.
> He must have lived around five years.
> http://www.hoghaven.com/
> http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?pid=1&id=109&cid=8
> David Sizemore

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