Originally posted by Michael Hoffman
Originally posted by Sundancer7
For some reason groundhogs or whistle pigs have chosen to live under my boathouse for the last several years. I have had to have a animal control person come and trap these animals and relocate them at a cost of $100. They raid my garden and in one evening, they stripped my entire bean patch. It appeared that a frost had taken off every leaf and left the stem. I have no idea why they return year after year. It must be the scent.
At times I felt like shooting them but I could not do it so I paid the price.
My dock is sort of large. It extend into the lake better than 40 feet and the boat house is inland and is a 12/18 structure and that is where they like to live. They undermine the structure and thus making the boathouse less stable.
Paul E. Smith
I didn't know they were allowed to release trapped groundhogs in Tennessee. I know that's illegal in Ohio. Here you have to kill them. It's the same with raccoons.
I do not think it is illegal as the same guy has done it for several years and he is listed in the yellow pages. I do not think he could do it if it was not allowed.
For some reason, they enjoy living under my boathouse which is close to my garden and they raid the hell out of my beans. He traps them and relocates them to a wildlife refuge where no harm comes to them.
They return year after year. It must be because of some smell or musk that they leave.
I hae had to have them removed for at least ten years.
They like my bean patch and I have found my beans more than once totally stripped of leaves and beans. Just the skeleton of the bean remained.
Paul E. Smith