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Old February 1st, 2016, 07:11 PM
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Default Groundhog trivia !

With tomorrow being the infamous groundhog day , I found an interesting article about the notorious varmit.

What really suprised me is that the groundhog is a protected species in a certain state .
Any guesses ?

Also, the groundhog does come out of his burrow around the beginning of February in Northern climates for one purpose and then retreats back inside . What is Phil doing this for ?

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What really suprised me is that the groundhog is a protected species in a certain state. Any guesses ?
I'm going to guess Pennsylvania. And that is without Google or Wikipedia

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Old February 1st, 2016, 09:03 PM
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That would be a logical guess but it's not right. The state is in the maple belt tho.
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They be looking for there ladies to get ready for there hot date when they wake up.
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They be looking for there ladies to get ready for there hot date when they wake up.
How in the world did you get that right Darrick ? Is there something you would like to share with the group?
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How in the world did you get that right Darrick ? Is there something you would like to share with the group?
Im the offspring of 2 farmers thats how. My grandfather use to have us watch for them in February in the hay fields and shoot to kill if we saw them. I remember him saying the males come out to check to see if the females are still there, no males no breeding so shoot lol.
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Im the offspring of 2 farmers thats how. My grandfather use to have us watch for them in February in the hay fields and shoot to kill if we saw them. I remember him saying the males come out to check to see if the females are still there, no males no breeding so shoot lol.
What's so funny is they actually studied the groundhogs with gps tracking at a university in PA and found the same exact thing that your grandfather told you years ago.
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Well a lot of people spend a lot of money to confirm things other people already know.
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Another fact about woodchucks- they are the largest true hibernator in North America. Everything else larger, including bears, do not technically hibernate. For true hibernation (in the technical sense) the body temp drops to close to ambient temperatures. Woodchucks can have their body temperature in the upper 30s during hibernation and be fine. Dropping their temp like this saves a ton on energy stores. Bears and other large mammals can't do this because the energy required to warm them back up at the end of winter negates the energy savings, so bears only drop their body temps about 10-15 degrees. Woodchucks, being smaller, can raise their temps more easily. It also helps to have females on the mind to raise the body temperature.

I can't offer much in terms of maple knowledge to this site yet- but I can raise its level of nerdiness. You're welcome.
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I hope the state where it's illegal to hunt them, isn't NY, or I'm in big trouble. I believe the males go back in hibernation after they have their fun, the females dont wake up for this, beats having a headache.

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