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      What lives in there?

      -nest_072317-jpgClearing the area over the septic tank revealed somebody's home. That's a good eight inches. What lives in that? My husband says woodchuck.

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      If the actual hole is 8", I'd go with groundhog. Are there flies around it? If so, it's active. I can't really tell from the picture but it appears as if the "slide" area might not be freshly used.
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      Mega big snake. LOL. Kidding.
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      Cant really tell from that picture. If it is the size you say then it is the vent hole for a woodchuck burrow. Ground hogs have 2 holes. One will be a fairly big mound with fresh dirt 20-30 ft away from the other which will be small and maybe just looks a hole going into the dirt. They have two holes as it allows ventilation and a breeze through there. They usually do not come out this non mound hole, as it is more used for ventilation. Only one real cure for groundhogs.

      (Tries to imagine Jane Doe out there camping out in Camo with an AR 15 waiting for the ground hog to show.)

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      [QUOTE=Jeff;158026]Cant really tell from that picture. If it is the size you say then it is the vent hole for a woodchuck burrow. Ground hogs have 2 holes. One will be a fairly big mound with fresh dirt 20-30 ft away from the other which will be small and maybe just looks a hole going into the dirt. They have two holes as it allows ventilation and a breeze through there. They usually do not come out this non mound hole, as it is more used for ventilation. Only one real cure for groundhogs.

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      You just let Jeff use his imagination, Lisa....poor groundhog. I was so glad to start seeing our "backyard mascot" again after he/she was a no-show for several months. Ours eats only violets and plantains...in abundance in our backyard...and leaves everything else alone. I like seeing him back there and the dogs like having a reason to go check out the shed...he comes up under the shed.

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      I like the AR-15 idea but another thought is to cut a piece of plywood to cover one of the holes and then throw a big chunk of dry ice down the other hole. As the dry ice melts it converts to water and CO2. The CO2 displaces the air (it is heavier) and the little varment suffocates. No blood no mess

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      Quote Originally Posted by SunDance View Post
      If the actual hole is 8", I'd go with groundhog. Are there flies around it? If so, it's active. I can't really tell from the picture but it appears as if the "slide" area might not be freshly used.
      No flies. It's hard to me to tell if it's fresh because of the work they're doing back there. Usually I put a large rock across the entrance and see what happens. I'll try that when they're done.

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      Mega big snake. LOL. Kidding.
      I would not mind that.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
      Cant really tell from that picture. If it is the size you say then it is the vent hole for a woodchuck burrow. Ground hogs have 2 holes. One will be a fairly big mound with fresh dirt 20-30 ft away from the other which will be small and maybe just looks a hole going into the dirt. They have two holes as it allows ventilation and a breeze through there. They usually do not come out this non mound hole, as it is more used for ventilation. Only one real cure for groundhogs.

      (Tries to imagine Jane Doe out there camping out in Camo with an AR 15 waiting for the ground hog to show.)
      Not gonna happen. AR 15's are illegal in Mass. We're waiting to go shopping for something more powerful than a .22 until my husband's LTC comes through and we can go shopping together. That way I can use my 10% coupon from the gun safety course for the entire purchase.

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      Quote Originally Posted by JackK View Post
      I like the AR-15 idea but another thought is to cut a piece of plywood to cover one of the holes and then throw a big chunk of dry ice down the other hole. As the dry ice melts it converts to water and CO2. The CO2 displaces the air (it is heavier) and the little varment suffocates. No blood no mess
      That sounds like a good solution if it becomes a problem. I'm not too worried about groundhogs and woodchucks though. We have coyotes and a golden eagle running around. They tend to keep things in check. I was more concerned that it might be a predator of some kind.

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