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There is an animal digging under my steps and around the ...

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There is an animal digging under my steps and around the foundation of my garage and shed. The mound left by this animal is quite large. I caught a glimpse of the animal a couple of nights ago when I arrived home, but it quickly darted under the concrete step where he had been digging, so I did not get a real good look at it, as far as face markings. Is it more likely to be a badger, or perhaps a woodchuck? I have seen this animal out by my shed earlier this summer, but it had not come close to the house until recently. I had six pumpkins sitting close to the house, and four of them disappeared the same day/night that the digging was taking place. Do either of these animals like to eat pumpkins? I also have deer come into the yard, and possibly they could have eaten the pumpkins. I need to find out what kind of animal it is, so that I can determine what kind of trap, etc. I would need. Thanks for any info you can give me.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
Both woodchucks and badgers dig but woodchucks are vegetarians and badgers are carnivores.
You can see a picture of a woodchuck here
http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?cid=8&id=109
The tracks shown on the page may help you ID the animal too.
You can read about badgers here
http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/americanbadger.htm
If you try a live trap and bait it with pumpkin this could catch you a woodchuck.
Hope this helps you!