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Are beavers dangerous?
The trademark sharp front teeth of both species pose a particular danger, as they are long enough to pass through limbs and cause significant bleeding. At least one beaver attack on a human is known to have been fatal: a 60-year-old fisherman in Belarus died in 2013 after a beaver bit open an artery in his leg.
Why is a woodchuck called a woodchuck?
Groundhogs are also variously referred to as woodchucks, whistle-pigs, or land-beavers. The name whistle-pig comes from the fact that, when alarmed, a groundhog will emit a high-pitched whistle as a warning to the rest of his or her colony. The name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood. Or chucking.
Are groundhogs aggressive?
Groundhogs may be raised in captivity, but their aggressive nature can pose problems.
Why do beavers chew trees?
Beavers chop down trees with their teeth for food and building dams and lodges. In addition, like all rodents their teeth never stop growing so chewing wood helps keep them sharp and prevents them from growing too long. Protecting trees from beaver chewing is a very common concern for homeowners.
Where are gophers found?
Gophers are found in North and Central America, preferably in areas with loose, sandy soil. They make their homes in burrows that consist of many tunnels.