woodchucks are just invasive garden produce consumers!
You might be right Tndeerhunter. To me woodchucks are just invasive garden produce consumers!
So the little bugger should probably be coyote bait or starve to death but the woman who brought him home has a strong maternal instinct and takes in all sorts of strays including unwanted pets, livestock, and children. I suspect that she will raise it until it can eat on its own and then let it loose. I know of one other case where a woodchuck was bottle fed and then released. It still lives on the property where it was released as a completely free ranging animal with a dug burrow at the edge of the yard. That one comes when called and eats treats handed to him like carrots and slices of bread. But I never saw him as an infant. I think that woodchuck is three or four years old now.
I don’t have any idea how pairing one up with a litter of kittens would work. I was surprised to hear that the cat didn’t kill and eat it at first glance. Time will tell I guess. If I hear any updates from the family that rescued the little son of road-kill, I’ll let you know. For all I know it might be expired or released by now.
Manny manny years ago I had a pet woodchuck because of the exact same situation. It was bottle fed until it got old enough for solid food. When it was old enough to survive on its own it was released into the wild. Cute little bugger! Didn't exactly bite you but would give you a painful pinch every so often. That woodchuck got me through freshmen english because the Proff thought my essay was so good, although I had to bring in a photo of it being bottle fed in my lap.
Don't assume that when fall comes, or hunting season, that the big bucks, and big bulls leave. Whitetail deer bucks especially, simply hide. And they hide very well. Mule deer bucks may leave a little. Bull elk may leave, but don't assume they do. Don't assume any of them do. I mean - where would they leave to? (Just another place where, for the most part, they would be hunted.) These big animals have the ability to hide in very small, very obscure places. So, embrace the fact (...