Woodchucks (Groundhogs)

The woodchuck (Marmota monax), belongs to the marmot family, and goes by many names, including groundhog. In New England, woodchucks inhabit both urban and suburban yards, fields, meadows, woodland clearings, and we see them frequently in grassy areas along highways. Learn More

To the dismay of gardeners, woodchucks love fresh vegetables, especially broccoli, peas, beans, carrot tops, lettuce, and squash. Common flower garden targets include asters, daisies, lilies, marigolds, pansies, phlox, snapdragons and sunflowers. Additionally, some homeowners find the burrowing holes woodchucks dig in the lawn a nuisance. Fortunately, there are several non-lethal ways to deter these animals. Learn More

Every year on February 2, Americans turn their attention to a small furry little animal. According to legend, if the groundhog (or woodchuck) sees his or her shadow there will be six more weeks of winter, but if not, spring is on the way. The peculiarity of this tradition has earned it a beloved place in American folklore. Learn More