Master burrowers also know as Woodchucks and Whistlepigs
A Rodent of Many names: Groundhog, Woodchuck, Whistlepig and Land Beaver
Groundhogs are known for their incessant digging, leaving holes and burrows behind. They can destroy your lawn and garden including vegetables and some wild grasses. Groundhog's burrow openings create dangerous tripping hazards when walking, playing or working in your yard for you, your pets or livestock, particularly horses. In some cases Groundhog burrowing has been known to undermine foundations, driveways and roadways which can result in severe damage.
Groundhog holes are dangerous
Groundhogs dig 1 to 4 burrows and use only one during colder months. Abandoned burrows provide great nesting for other wildlife such as skunks, rabbits, foxes, raccoons and even other groundhogs. If allowed to stay the cold winter months, come spring they are already settled and ready to raise a new family. Woodchucks gestation period is around 31-32 days. They give birth to an average of 2 to 6 babies sometime around April-May. The young leave the nest about 4 weeks after birth. Groundhogs are usually skittish but will attack if cornered.
Species of Groundhog found in Michigan
Member of the rodent family belonging to a group of large ground squirrels.