Woodchucks are medium-sized mammals part of the marmot family. They have coarse brown hair and nimble paws used to hold onto vegetation when eating. Woodchucks are herbivores meaning they only eat plant matter like fruits, vegetables, leaves, and grasses. They hibernate during the winter in elaborate underground burrows. 

Did you Know?

Woodchucks, Groundhogs, and Whistle-Pigs are all the same animal! They are called different names depending on what part of the world you are in. Woodchucks are voracious eaters, they can eat over a pound of vegetation in one sitting.


Coexisting with Woodchucks

Woodchucks are an important part of our environment, here are a few ways to coexist with them 

  • Keep woodchucks out of your garden with critter-proof fencing

  • Use wildlife-proof garbage cans like these

  • Don't leave any human or pet food out overnight

  • Keep shed and garage doors closed 

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