I have seen more woodchucks this spring that I have ever seen before. I feel fairly confident in my statement since I was trained from a very young age to keep close watch out the window ready to yell if I spotted any turkey or deer. In fact just tonight I won the who-can-find-the-most-turkeys-while-we-drive-to-our-friends-house contest. So, I speak with the confidence of one who spends more time watching fields and ditches than perhaps one should while driving when I say, I have seen more woodchucks this spring than I have ever seen before.
Where did they all come from?
Do they have population booms and cycles?
Am I being followed around by a small group of rouge woodchucks messing with my mind?
What is the plural of woodchuck? Woodchucks? Groundhogs? Marmots?
When in doubt ask Google.
Tonight Google has taught me that…
…there is no use trying to eliminate woodchuck from an area, they will reproduce and migrate back in at a rate so high that there will be close to zero population change in your elimination area. No use unless of course you want to eat them, then you’ll have a steady supply of woodchuck meat but you should remove the scent glands first.
… they are fairly aggressive, they look cute but they aren’t cuddly.
… they are very useful for studying medical things like hepatitis.
… they only live three to six years in the wild.
So I have three questions tonight.
1) Have you ever seen a woodchuck in a tree?
2) Have you seen more woodchuck than usual this spring?
3) Do you know if woodchuck have population cycles?
Now excuse me I have to go try and chase a woodchuck up a tree, I’m a see it to believe it kinda girl on this one!