This morning we discovered a Woodchuck climbing on our woodpile. It wasn’t chucking any wood, merely examining it.
There are always Woodchucks in a rocky canyon about a mile and a half from us but we seldom have one at our place. Ten or twelve years ago a young Woodchuck came and spent a couple of years with us. We had a woodshed full of wood and I had stacked wood on the outside of the shed too. The Woodchuck would climb up on the stack of wood and go from there to the roof of the woodshed where it would bask in the sun and watch everything that was happening around it. It always appeared to feel aloof and secure in its position on top of the woodshed as it watched us moving about. We could walk right up to the woodshed and it would look down at us with total unconcern but if we would come in sight when it was down grazing on the lawn, it would make a fast dash to the wood pile and up on top of the woodshed. The picture above shows what it looked like, grazing on our lawn. When winter came it disappeared and I wondered what had become of it. It was getting toward spring when I discovered the place in the alfalfa field where it burrowed down into the ground to hibernate. The burrow didn’t appear to be very deep and I worried that it would have frozen during the winter but, one day, there it was looking down on me from the roof of the woodshed. It disappeared before the next winter came and I never knew if it moved to another location or if something caused its demise. Wood chucks can be a nuisance and destructive, especially in flower and vegetable gardens but, so far, we have not had a problem with the few that have been here.
Have you had any experience with Woodchucks? Tell us what you know about them.