Monday, April 26, 2021

Digging on the Dogs

Groundhogs are very hard to pull from hard pipes (they brace with their feet and inflate their bodies), and this small groundhog was ensconced in a very small and very hard clay den pipe, which made it doubly surprising when Moxie began to pull it into daylight. 

All was revealed when I got a snare around a front leg (Moxie had grabbed the groundhog by the cheek) and pulled it free.  It turns out a back leg had been amputed at the "knee" some time earlier, and had healed over.  The work of a coyote, fox, or dog, I imagine, as the farm owner says she allows no trapping.    

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