Thursday, August 11, 2011

Woodchuck


Woodchucks (Groundhogs) are really over-sized squirrels.  They are also true hibernators, sleeping away the winter. Groundhogs are mostly vegetarians, preferring wild grasses and occasionally crops.  Their burrows can do damage to cropland and house foundations.  Erika and I found this Woodchuck along the freshly-mowed Cannon Valley Bike Trail in Goodhue County.  I assume this mouthful is to gain weight--these squirrels can begin hibernation in October, only two months from now. The freshly cut grass must have been like a fast food restaurant.  I have not seen reference to their lining their burrows with grass.

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