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groundhog:

see woodchuckwoodchuck
or groundhog,
common name of a North American species of marmot, Marmota monax. This large rodent is found in open woods and ravines throughout most of Canada and the NE United States. Its heavyset body is about 2 ft (60 cm) long, excluding the 6 in.
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groundhog

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Based on the above specimens, photograph, and sight records, Marmota monax now occupies the eastern half of Nebraska.
([dagger]) Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, Marmota monax and Mephitis mephitis, Spilogale putorills, Vulpes sp.
Of the species likely to occur in the region (see Kennedy, 1991), only the swamp rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus), woodchuck (Marmota monax), coypu (nutria; Myocastor coypus) and long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata) were not verified on the Park during the present study.
# Also sampled groundhog, Marmota monax (1 WNV-negative adult).
Woodchucks (Marmota monax) occur at low elevations from eastern Alaska to Labrador, south through the eastern United States to northern Georgia and Louisiana, and west to eastern Nebraska, Kansas, and North Dakota (Kwiecinski 1998, Armitage 2003).
The Meso-Mammal and Large Rodent prey group contains four species that likely require greater strength and skill to obtain if they are live prey: the arboreal raccoon (Procyon lotor) and opossum, the burrowing groundhog (Marmota monax), and semi- aquatic beaver (Castor canadensis).
More than a decade earlier, a similar mail survey of trappers and state biologists (Majors et al., 1996) produced observations of American badgers from Howard, Lafayette, and Pike counties of southwestern Arkansas that were deemed unlikely to be valid due to habitat and distance from other verified locations, so the authors suggested that woodchucks (Marmota monax) more likely were observed.
Scientific name Common name Total Mammals Canis familiaris domestic dog 2 Canis latrans coyote 2 Didelphis virginiana opossum 179 Felis catus cat 20 Lasiurus borealis eastern red bat 1 Marmota monax woodchuck 5 Mephitis mephitis striped skunk 18 Microtus pennsylvanicus meadow vole 1 Mustela vison mink 4 Odocoileus virginianus white-tailed deer 22 Ondatra zibethicus muskrat 2 Peromyscus spp.
4 Restored Total Species A B C restored Blarina brevicauda 3 5 0 8 Didelphis virginiana 3 1 0 4 Marmota monax 0 0 0 0 Mephitis mephitis 1 0 4 5 Microtus pennsylvanicus 81 41 49 171 Mustela frenata 0 1 0 1 Neovison vison 0 2 0 2 Peromyscus leucopus 3 0 0 3 Procyon lotor 0 0 0 0 Total Captures 91 50 53 194 Reference Total Species A B C reference Blarina brevicauda 10 0 2 12 Didelphis virginiana 0 0 1 1 Marmota monax 1 0 0 1 Mephitis mephitis 0 0 0 0 Microtus pennsylvanicus 29 37 15 81 Mustela frenata 1 0 0 1 Neovison vison 0 0 0 0 Peromyscus leucopus 4 0 2 6 Procyon lotor 0 1 1 2 Total Captures 45 38 21 104 TABLE 3.--Correlation matrix showing Spearman rank correlation coefficients and significance values based on two-tailed tests for pairs of variables.
We have not seen any woodchucks (Marmota monax) during our work.
This design allowed for smaller browsing animals [e.g., eastern cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus Allen), woodchucks (Marmota monax L.)] to enter the exclosure in the larger spacing at ground level while deterring deer from browsing at the top.