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What Is Digging The Holes Beside My Driveway?


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I live outside of Fairmont with a long gravel driveway. About two or three times a week there is a hole dug along side my driveway that is about 8 to 10 inches across, and about a 18 to 24 inches deep. There is a mound of dirt beside the hole that must be two or three cubic feet of fill.

I'm pretty sure it's the coyotes digging out the gophers, but I have had people tell me that it is badgers, and that a coyote won't dig like that.

Is any body else seeing this?

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I bet it is badgers. Your drive have a lot of gophers liveing along it??? If you dont see the badger ever get rid of the gophers and the badger will go some where else to find food

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I do have a lot of gophers. I have seen both badgers, and coyotes on my property. I have only seen a few badgers, The last one I saw was one my dog tangled with. It was an adult male badger, and my dog killed it without getting a scratch.

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You can just about bet it's badgers. That's how they survive is digging out and eating gophers. A coyote won't burn off that much energy to get a gohper or mouse. They don't have the digging tools that a badger has. Did you look at the front claws that the badger your dog killed had? They can do some serious digging and they can dig right through the middle of your driveway if there was a gopher to be had.

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Zoe is the greatest dog I have ever had! Her mother was a pure bred German Shepard, The mother was pregnant when she was adopted from the pound so we have no idea what the father was.

Zoe looks like a long haired shepard with Collie coloring. She turned out to be a great pheasnat dog. I love to take her hunting because people look at me like I rode the short bus to school, but she can hunt with the best.

She loves people, but if any thing comes into the yard that doesn't belong there...it's "play time".

So, can I trap badgers??? I know nothing about trapping, or trapping regulations.

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If it destroying your drive way I bet you could get permission fromn the local CO to trap it

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I wouldn't even ask for permission. use a live trap and release it somewhere else.

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No one thinks maybe a G/hog?

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I would shoot the stupid thing before I ever stuck my hands near it to let it out of a live trap. If I did live trap it I would leave it in there and throw it off the end of a dock and let it drownd, most humane way to go.

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