Two weeks ago we tackled the problem of garden-eating groundhogs and asked for readers to chime in with suggestions, and boy, did you.
Before I get to some ideas that people swear by, I’d like to address two common threads of discussion that folks sent my way. Some of you have decided that it’s best not to fight the little critters, and say it helps if you see the little marmota monax as friends rather than foes.
Carol Watson of Salem represents this camp, and even sent along a photo of her favorite furry fellow up in a tree eating her cherries. If you doubt the critters’ ability to climb, as I did, I’ve posted a photo on the What’s On Your Mind blog that should end your skepticism.
Carol says, “My indoor cat and I have been entertained by our resident groundhog for several years. I gave up setting out flowers and plants some time ago because the deer ate everything except plastic flowers. This spring the mama groundhog came down her trail to my back yard deck with her two young ones. She stops by every morning to scavenge the seeds dropped from the birdfeeder. The babies played on the deck like kittens while their mom had her snack.”
So if you can’t beat ‘em, enjoy ‘em.
The other category of comments took me to task for what some thought was my promotion of lethal and cruel methods of animal removal. One even compared me to “Hitler’s henchmen” for relaying one method of killing that involves using car exhaust. I thought that was a bit strong – it was the first time I’ve ever been called a Nazi.