What should I do with a groundhog after I catch it?
Groundhogs are known to wreak havoc in a garden, and they have huge appetites, so they will eat anything they can find around like legumes and vegetables. Gardeners may turn to traps to get rid of them. Before you consider trapping the groundhog, you should learn its habits fast and then lure it out of a burrow to look for the bait you set. Sometimes this is not easy, but it is important to do so when you want to protect the vegetables around your home.
After trapping the groundhog, you will have two options: you may use a trap that will kill the groundhog or you can trap the groundhogs using live traps. When you use traps that can kill the groundhog at once, you will be putting pets and other animals at risk. It is better to use traps that are more humane, and you can more easily deal with a live groundhog instead of a dead one. The bait will be used for luring a groundhog into a trap so the door may lock on its own.
If you have caught a live groundhog, you should keep in mind that in some areas it might be illegal to relocate them. You should call an animal control company in your area, and they will help you in relocating the groundhog to where it is supposed to be. When it comes to wild animals, everyone is concerned and no one wants to have them near them. When you have trapped the groundhog, you should cover it with a cloth sheet. This will make the animal calmer, and then you can relocate it. Choose a wooded place where you can release the groundhog.
You should choose a place with enough water and where it is easy to get food without a problem. If you are not aware of what you are supposed to do, then you may talk to a law enforcement or conservation office in your state and they will give you guidelines. Different states also have different rules when it comes to what you can do with the groundhog after catching
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