Even though we are in the middle of a bustling village now we still can't seem to escape the throes of nature. This spring a wild animal invaded ours and our neighbor's yard. To our neighbor's horror the little rat-like mammal was eating her beloved lilies and flower buds. I on the other hand laughed at the site of the furball waddling across our lawn when the dogs scared him. That is, until he started digging holes under our new fence big enough for our beagle to squeeze under. Then I was not thrilled and it was time for that little bugger to find a new home.
Almost like back in Island Pond we seem to have found ourselves access to some unusual resources here in town, like the Animal Control Department's Have a Heart trap. We promptly borrowed it, placed it behind our neighbor's shed that sat snugly along our property line, stuffed it with lettuce, and waited a week. Here are the results.
He doesn't look too happy...
But oddly enough seemed content to hang out in the crate, unsure of his fate.
After chatting with our neighbor, who was so happy that we caught the little fella she paid us with a bucket of hand picked raspberries, we loaded up the woodchuck in the back of our pickup and took a few mile drive out into the woods where there were more than enough wildflowers for him to eat and no fences of mine to undermine.
Wearing gloves and standing back Shawn opened the crate while I diligently watched from a distance. We were being so cautious, because before we left, when we were chatting with our neighbor, she told us a horrific story where her and her brother once caught a woodchuck. When they went to let it go, like we were about to, instead of the woodchuck fleeing into the safety of the wild it turned and attacked its captors. I was not about to tangle with a woodchuck. I don't waddle fast enough to get away... so I just took photos from a distance. Naturally.
In reality the woodchuck didn't attack us. In fact, once we opened the door to the trap he just sat there. And sat there.
A few minutes later he finally scampered out and into the bushes to disappear, but not before pausing and glaring at us. They really are the cutesy animal you'd think they were...