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Woodchucks Active

3-15-17 woodchuck burrow IMG_0618Our recent snowstorm will make it a bit more challenging for male Woodchucks intent on mating, for they must work their way up through a foot or more of snow upon wakening. In March and April they come out of hibernation having lost 20 – 40 percent of their weight over the winter. Even so, sex is the driving force, not food, which is fortunate, as there is little for them to eat this early in the spring. Males dig their way out of their burrows and head straight for the burrows of females.   After mating, the female goes back to sleep for several weeks and the male returns to his burrow and does the same. Snow makes these tunnels much more obvious and thus easier to find, as dirt is scattered around their entrances. Equally obvious are the muddy trails males leave when in search of females.

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2 responses

  1. Clyde

    Are you sure you’re not talking about humans?

    March 15, 2017 at 10:11 am

    • Kelly

      So funny! I just came here to say almost the same thing. We could really learn some lifestyle lessons from the animal kingdom. 🙂

      March 15, 2017 at 11:39 am

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