Groundhog

The breeding season for groundhogs extends from early March to mid- or late April, after hibernation. A mated pair remains in the same den throughout the 31–32 day gestation period. As birth of the young approaches in April or May, the male leaves the den. One litter is produced annually, usually containing 2–6 blind, hairless and helpless young. Young groundhogs are weaned and ready to seek their own dens at five to six weeks of age.  

 

If you believe that you see a groundhog baby all alone, watch from a distance for a while before assuming that Mom is no longer caring for him.  If you can find a burrow nearby that you believe the groundhogs maybe living in, try placing or coercing baby to go closer to the hole and hopefully reunite with Mom.  If none of the above works, give us a call.

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