Friday, October 14, 2011
What I Did This Summer
groundhog? She turned into three groundhogs.
I set the trap and caught one; it now lives in a nice meadow in the uninhabited realms of national forest. Then I set the trap again.
The trap caught another animal almost right away. Thing is, groundhogs aren't black and white striped! I had caught a skunk. I dressed in my oldest grubbies, covered myself with a trash bag, tied my hair inside a grocery bag, and armed myself with a wire coat hanger so I could hook the latch open without getting too close. There will NEVER be photos of that moment.
I managed to release the skunk without getting sprayed but I haven't dared to set the trap again. Thus the groundhogs have had free reign in the garden and orchard this summer. The conveniently short dwarf apple trees have been completely relieved of harvest by the giant groundhog who stands on her hind legs and bends even the higher branches down to eat the fruit.