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Above: Pretty pumpkins on display at Gulbankians

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SouthboroDave
10 years ago

Does anyone have suggestions on how to humanely remove groundhogs from your property? The little monster is eating all my Mums! Mums are not free!

AD Miller
10 years ago
Reply to  SouthboroDave

Fox urine is a good deterent. You should be able to buy crystals at local hardware stores (maybe Monnick’s in Marlborough). It tends to work fairly well, but you will need to keep at it as they will just move to a new area on your property. A large havahart trap is also good, but you will need a big one! All other things I know of certainly aren’t humane and probably not legal in Southborough:)

John Butler
10 years ago

Removal, but not killling, is prohibited. Any removal from your property of a live wild animal, via havahart trap or otherwise, is strictly illegal in Massachusetts. Given that, it may surprise you to know, however, that if a groundhog is causing damage to property it is not illegal for you to kill it on your property, or trap it and kill it, except by poison or snare. (See MGL Part I, Title XIX Chapter 31, Section 37) Not that I would recommend that. All in all, I think Miller’s idea of repellent is the thing to try.

concerned
10 years ago

Trap it and buy a pellet gun. You just drop a .17 while they are in the cage and there you go. They will be back again soon. All wild animals are overpopulted due to many reasons, the largest is lack of natural predators. Trapping at one time kept the population down (so did hunting) oh and I hear the comments now, ” my how in humane!”. But since the do gooders with no other answers out-lawed it (hunting and trapping) the population of all critters has soared. I think they are all beautiful and interesting to watch – God’s creeation. But they have to be managed and harvested. I know most will not agree to that so stop putting so much pesticide on your laws becasue now they are developing cancers like humans. Have a great day.

Jen
10 years ago

Anyone have a good roofer they can recommend?
Thanks!

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