We Have a Pest

We’ve been dealing with a critter in our backyard.

The main entrance/exit for our groundhog is to the right of the shed door.
The main entrance/exit for our groundhog is to the right of the shed door.

He has been living under our shed for a few years.

There must be a maze of tunnels under the shed.
There must be a maze of tunnels under the shed.

Sorry that I don’t have the post office poster but he looks much like the pointy-nosed varmint above.

Charlie set this trap near the groundhog's home.
Charlie set this trap near the groundhog’s home.

We weren’t hunting him until he began eating the plants in the vegetable garden. In defense of his vegetables Charlie has borrowed a humane animal trap from a neighbor.

The trap is baited with carrots (no onions or celery).
The trap is baited with carrots (no onions or celery).

He baited it with cantaloupe and peeled carrots.

Patapsco Valley State Park
Patapsco Valley State Park

If we ever catch our little friend we’ll take him at least 5 miles away and release him in the state park.

Have you caught any wildlife?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “We Have a Pest”

  1. My cat is a great huntress. She got her comeuppance with the chipmunks. She had to learnt to be overconfident with them as more than one escaped her. I had a big hole going under a retaining wall. I never discovered the culprit and finally filled it in with dirt. It’s been a year and so far it has stayed filled in. Good luck with your groundhog.

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