Woodchuck or Groundhog: What did I Just Spot on Campus?

They are actually the same type of animal (Genus and species: Marmota monax). The scientific name for its species is likely derived from a Native American word for “the digger.”

Today, they are mostly referred to as groundhogs. The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations is actively consulting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services, Brewerton, NY office on our growing population of groundhogs.

The USDA Wildlife Services (WS) provides Federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist. Program biologists apply the integrated wildlife damage management approach to provide technical assistance and direct management operations in response to requests for assistance. The Program’s efforts help people resolve wildlife damage to a wide variety of resources and to reduce threats to human health and safety.

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