Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Libby v. Woodchucks... Round 1

Last Saturday, Rykert was gone all day waterskiing. I was sitting on the deck off of our bedroom attempting to bring a little color to my pasty white skin while knitting. I glance out at the yard and notice some movement behind the back fence. At first I think it must be cats, but then I realize that I haven't seen any cats in our neighborhood. As I examine more closely they look like huge squirrels or something. I go closer to investigate.

As soon as I step into the backyard, the birds fly off and there is a flurry of activitiy in the general vicinity of the shed behind the fence. Close examination reveals this:

Woodchucks. A whole family of woodchucks. Now, I'm a fan of wildlife, as long as it stays wild and away from me at all times. I do not want these animals in my yard, burrowing under my shed, or creeping into my yard ruining my tomatoes (if anyone is going to ruin my garden, it will be me from neglect). Seriously. They. Must. Go. Do not be fooled by their cute appearance, they are a nuisance.

I called my dad, an expert on these matters, and after making a Caddyshack joke and asking just "how much wood would a woodchuck chuck," he tells me that trapping is probably my only option. Trapping, he continues, won't be easy now that they've taken to the "family way." This was not what I wanted to hear. I mean we could find humane traps and then release them somewhere wild, but they aren't going to be calm and docile during the transport to their new homes. This would not be easy. I'm not ready to go there. At least not yet. Another optiion, he said, would be to repel them with some cheap perfume or a lot of activity around where they are living. This has potential.

When Rykert gets home, I show him our new little neighbors. He laughs, cracks more "how much wood would a woodchuck chuck" jokes, and is not nearly as concerned as I am. The next morning, we head to Lowes to look at our options. We settled on this...
Libby v Woodchucks
A repellant. The main ingredient of this is the oil found in pepper. It's not poison so the neighbor's dogs will be safe. We scare them out from under the shed and sprinkle it around. It worked for a couple of hours, but now they are back. They are basically domesticated. They aren't really scared of us, and will look right at me when I'm out there (though I'm a little scared of them).

Score 1 for the Woodchucks. Score 0 for Libby and Rykert. Last night I went down to see if they were still there, and I am pretty sure that they were laughing at me. Game on. A dog may be our only answer. Luckily, a dog has always been in our plans.

6 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

AndreaLea said...

We had a raccoon family living under our three-season porch at our old house. The big one would come right up to us when we were sitting outside. We actually had to put a radio in the porch with the volume all the way up for days to get them to leave, since they hate the noise!
The IC Animal Shelter also has humane traps but who knows what you are supposed to do with them after you catch them. :)
It's amazing how comfortable they get around people!

Rykert said...

A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

Knittripps said...

I don't have an answer to the question "how much wood would a woodchuck chuck"! We have battled bunnies, ground squirrels, and a possum, but no woodchucks. My mom does the trap and relocate thing with her ground squirrels. She calls it the "ground squirrel relocation program". Good luck! I look forward to hearing an update.

Anonymous said...

EWWWWWW! DO NOT get too close! I'm pretty sure they would bite your ankles given the chance. I think you should just move. To my neighborhood. Then you just have rabbits to contend with.

Anonymous said...

EWWWWW! DO NOT get too close! They will most certainly bite your ankles. I think you should just move. To my neighborhood. Then it's just the rabbits. Emily

Wool Winder said...

Good luck getting rid of them.

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