Groundhogs offer several benefits to humans and the ecosystem. Because of their burrowing habit they provide shelter for more many other animals including skunks, and foxes. The soil is greatly benefited by aeration and mixing But, alas, as with most animals and humans there does lie conflict of our lifestyles. Groundhogs have been known to chew through underground cables and waterlines. Some people have even reported that that they have chewed through vacuum and fuel lines in cars and farm equipment! The burrows themselves have caused problems by weakening dikes and foundations and the entrances to the burrows can damage farm equipment and horses as they ride.
- Category: Groundhog