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Can I Feed Woodchuck?


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RamboTheRottie

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So the title says it all. I have a woodchuck roaming around my yard eating everything. Can I trap it and feed it to my dogs?

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Is a woodchuck the same as a beaver? I can't remember on that. If so, I know some are food sites sell them. They are farmed I'm sure, but if I was offered any that had been trapped around here, I would geed them. If a woodchuck and beaver aren't the same, then I don't know.



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Woodchuck is another term for groundhog. Groundhogs are rodents, like squirrels or guinea pigs, so assuming it hasn't ingested anything poisonous you should be fine feeding it. If the animal looks healthy on inspection after you trap it, it should be OK.


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Oh!! Groundhog! Duh! lol! 



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Ok cool. Time to go buy a trap. I'm up to 4 dogs now so any way I can save some money.
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I could be wrong, but in my memory woodchucks/groundhogs were a no-go due to disease risk.

 

My memory is dim. I could be wrong. But I'd investigate thoroughly before proceeding.

 

Bill



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A Google search refreshed my memory. The biggest risk is that a woodchuck/groundhog might carry Baylisascaris procyonis also called Racoon roundworm nematodes.

I was living in a community when a young child ingested Baylisascaris procyonis and it destroyed his brain leaving him profoundly retarded and blind.

 

It is a very serious parasite. I'm risk averse and would not consider feeding raw woodchuck myself.

 

Bill






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