Monday, May 28, 2012
This spring our neighbors finally got fed up by the groundhogs' attempt to establish extensive condos under their garage and shed, and hired a professional, who trapped and relocated two enormous groundhogs for a sizable fee. After that they placed a borrowed trap near the hole that's down back along the property line. The photo shows the first one caught that way (why I never thought of putting the trap by the hole instead of by the food before I don't know, but it obviously works much better) and a young one found its way in there too. We are in charge of relocation, so we drove them off sequentially to a place on the edge of the woods and watched them scamper off. This one ate carrots loudly all the way there.
Four down, but we have seen more since, so after several fruitless days by the hole, which is apparently vacant now, the trap's been moved near the neighbors' vegetable garden for the time being (I hope to find another hole).
This morning I went outside, heard piteous meowing, looked around, and realized that our cat was caught in the trap. He is not the world's brainiest cat, but I didn't think he liked carrots and apples... and sure enough, when I went to release him I saw a small and terrified rabbit at the other end of the trap. I shook it out (it didn't want to leave) and it slowly hopped away seeming unhurt - I suspect Gobi didn't have enough "elbow" room to grab it, and he was pretty upset by his ordeal too. He's fine now, after a lot of washing.
Wish I'd snapped a photo, but my instincts said get kitty out first. Sympathetic instincts do not make entertaining blogging, alas.