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Evidence of Intrusion of woodchucks in your yard or gardens wont be too difficult to obtain. Visual sites are not uncommon for this diurnal (daytime active) mammal. But if you've not witnessed this medium sized mammal with your own eyes there are several other ways to ascertain if the woodchuck is the culprit and with that ravenous appetite pushing him along there should be several signs of intrusion that are quite unmistakable.

Woodchuck Evidence of Intrusion-Burrow Holes

Woodchucks are shy, although there are always exceptions, and don’t stray too far from their burrows to eat. Look for burrow holes in or near your gardens as evidence of intrusion. Burrow holes are normally about 10" to 12" in diameter. Mounds of dirt and rocks should be visible around the entrance. Because of their distinctive odor you may see flies around an the burrow holes.

Woodchuck Evidence of Intrusion-Vegetables are Eating in Straight Row

That’s right! Woodchucks are one of the tidiest creatures of North America. If you find that your bush beans have been nibbled one after the other then the culprit may be your friendly, neighborhood whistle pig.


Woodchuck Evidence of Intrusion-Scat

Woodchuck store their excrement in their burrows making scat evidence a rare occurrence.

Woodchuck Evidence of Intrusion-Tracks

If you have soft, uncovered soil in your garden beds it should be pretty easy to find tracks of the woodchuck. The rear feet have five (5) toes with one set lower than the rest. The front feet have only four (4) toes. Both the front and back prints will present with sharp claws on the ends of each toe. You should see the front paw track immediately followed by the rear track.