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More at midnight than you really want to know about the ways of Groundhogs

By Ed Waggener

The State of War over the rightful ownership of our little acre continues. Many times we think all ground hogs are gone only to see them come back more righteous than ever. One showed up Wednesday - and it took some doing to get it going. When it left, we learned a bit more about their kinds habits, included in this four-photo album. Click on the headline above for a quick scroll



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Grundoon are grazing spring lawns: A fierce, fat trespasser - I



2017-03-22 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
Groundhogs know they are not allowed in our yard. Linda has made that quite clear. Except for their comic entertainment it's hard to understand the why of them. This one, especially, was pretty majestic in its bearing, so we gave it ground. - EW. Clicking Read More accesses album

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Groundhog in motion: Aerodynamic, torpedo shape - II



2017-03-23 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
Once the groundhog accepted the fact that Linda was the new sheriff in town, and "Git" means "Git," it left at a high rate of speed, morphing fat and cuddly to the shape of a bomb, torpedo, and Hudson automobile. It's hair and ears seemed to lay back for least resistance. It seemed to be moving faster than the 9+ miles cited in this article at Pets Fast Groundhogs. - EW.
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In escape mode, Groundhog in lope gate - III



2017-03-23 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
As the Groundhog went into escape gait, one frame caught it lifting both hind feet off the ground at one time. Interesting, but maybe more information than one cares to know. It was heading home as fast as it could go. Didn't know whose pet he was, or if a neighbor might be multi-stocking his livestock - raising horses and groundhogs together. - EW. Clicking Read More accesses album

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Retreat, a useful military maneuver, succeeds for Ground Hog - IV



2017-03-23 - Down Town Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
Crossing the border, escape to less urban part of Downtown Columbia. When the ground hog left, we saw whose pet he might be - he crossed the property border into John & Missy's Roseland Plantation, where there's ample space for horses and groundhogs to co-exist, and the ground hog's ilk might be welcome if they abide by the rules - which they never, ever do - and stop making holes in the yard. I fear the horses wouldn't like that, and would retaliate with slashing hooves. Does anyone know if they do? Or is a mountain feist the only ridder of the pesky rodents. We fear this one will be back. - EW. Clicking Read More accesses album

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