Woodchucks (Groundhogs)

Groundhog at Drumlin Wildlife Care

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 and flowers. Some homeowners find the burrowing holes woodchucks dig in the lawn a nuisance. And woodchucks often conceal their entrance hole by placing it under a building. 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 >