Ground Hog Family

The pair of ground hogs moved under the barn early this year. They apparently got there before the foxes, or the foxes had another den and weren’t interested.

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This is one of the parents. Maybe it was taking a break from the little ones. It did this at least once a day.

What really gets me is how easily they see me in the computer room. I have to sneak into the chair. My husband says it’s 40 yards from the computer down to where their den is. (From the corner of the barn, to where the wood touches the ground.) Even the little ones see the slightest movement, and they run for the barn as fast as their little legs can go. They’re so close to the ground when they run.

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Then one day, I saw a little head, and then another and another. There’s two in this picture and

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two in this picture too.

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I think I got caught taking this picture.

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There’s a lot more to look at.

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There’re two of the four young ones in this picture.

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I used to have a pretty good size summer wildflower. It turned to a weed patch with lots of sprouting trees and thorny bushes. Two weeks ago, my husband spent three days cutting out all the dense growth. I plan to sow grass soon.

This young one’s running for one of the tunnels.

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The interesting thing was the four underground dens the groundhogs had in the weed patch. The one above was by far the largest. It won’t be long and they’ll be like little lawn mowers in our backyard.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Several years ago after a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park where I found myself enthralled by the Marmots. After the trip and a little research, I found out that our Ohio groundhogs are also in the marmot family.

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  2. I hope you get your weeding done by the ground hogs. I loved all those little heads.

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  3. For small animals they have a big appetite. They must be finding plenty to eat there.

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