Groundhog Problems

midnite rider

Lawn Addict
Nov 25, 2011
Some facts about Groundhogs othewise known as Woodchucks.

Groundhog burrows are important shelter resources for red fox, gray fox, opossum, raccoon, and skunk, most of whom do not dig their own burrows, but simply occupy those of groundhogs.

Over the course of the last 300 years, as forests have fallen to farms, the population of woodchucks and mid-sized predators such as fox and raccoon, have skyrocketed.

All of these animals are classified as "edge" creatures that thrive on multiple food sources found where forests meet field and yard.

Today, there are more groundhogs, red fox, gray fox, opossum and raccoon in the United States than at any previous time in U.S. history.


Well-Known Member
Aug 5, 2011
State of Virginia regs are pretty extensive. The fish and game regs are online. Check into those before doing anything. Groundhogs are a nuisance species in Virginia but trapping regs may still apply. Check with state and local laws regarding moving any animal to another place, when messing around dens, setting traps, shooting anything anywhere for any reason. Local regs can be even more complicated than state and fish and game regs can be more complicated yet. Little things like not discharging firearms on certain days of the week, license, tags etc. can all become a problem if one does some things no matter how innocent or ignorant of any and all rules.