Poor guy kept running away from me while I was on an afternoon walk
This is a range expansion in terms of my encounters with groundhogs (I don't know anyone in Ontario who calls them woodchucks).
I am used to seeing them much further south where the digging is easier than on the Canadian Shield. This one has made a burrow among rocks placed as edging and backfilled with gravel and sand.
Roadkill on Route 5 just north of Route 132
The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig, or in some areas land-beaver, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Other marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary marmots, live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the woodchuck is a lowland creature. It is widely distributed in North America and common in the northeastern and central United States as well as Canada. Groundhogs...