A Woodchuck Comes To Visit


This morning we discovered a Woodchuck climbing on our woodpile. It wasn’t chucking any wood, merely examining it.

Not chucking wood

Montana Woodchuck

 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.

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About authorjim

I grew up in the country near a small Montana town, I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors, working, fishing, hunting and camping but have always been interested in mechanical and electrical things. Most of my life has been spent in the use, care and repair of things mechanical, electrical an electronic. After being retired for several years, I began writing and published my first novel at the age of 79. Now, at the age of 82, I have recently published my fourth noveland it is available from me or from the pulisher or book distributor.
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8 Responses to A Woodchuck Comes To Visit

  1. archecotech says:

    Isn’t it awesome to live where wild animals roam? When the wife and I retire in a couple of years we will head to the countryside of Russia. Don’t think we have woodchucks but we definitely have bear.

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  2. bldodson says:

    The Guinness book of records states that a Wisconsin woodchuck chucked 347 pieces of wood in one hour on March 17, 1967. This feat has never been equaled in America, although a Russian woodchuck, Vladamir Chuck, is said to have chucked 402 pieces in April of 2004. This claim has never been validated.

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    • authorjim says:

      Hey, Bruce, thanks for stopping by again. It’s been awhile. What you say is all news to me. I never knew that they actually chucked wood. How big were those pieces of wood that the Wisconsin chuck chucked and just what does a woodchuck do when it chucks wood? I have never seen one stowing anything away other than fodder. Let me know what the woodchucks do in Sweden.

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  3. bldodson says:

    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?

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  4. authorjim says:

    Hi Steve, glad you dropped in. Of course you know the answer but, just for the record, “a woodchuck would chuck all the wood a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.” But in addition to that, if that woodchuck starts chucking my wood I may have to chuck some wood at that woodchuck to stop him from chucking my wood. Come back to visit often. Jim

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  5. Steve Darner says:

    So, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood???

    Answer…

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