Catch a gopher by the tail

“Hey Robin, I got the gopher in my trap”!!

“Wow, thats big! Let me get the camera. Hmm, I need it held up so I can get the true scale of it’s size”.

Holding a gopher

“Are you putting me in the picture? I’m going to get the shovel so you can get the scale of it that way”.

Gopher by a tail

“I think it was better when you were holding it”.

**Sigh**

Dead garden gopher

“I think this is the biggest gopher I’ve caught in the garden”.

“Well maybe you should go measure the gopher hole so I have the true size of that too”.

“Don’t tempt me, I will”.

Gopher hole

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6 Responses to Catch a gopher by the tail

  1. Ellie k says:

    How did you catch it, a trap or what. They are taking over our yard.

    • lee says:

      Would you believe I just snagged it out of the ground by hand? 🙂

      For really large gopher holes, I have one Cinch trap like this which we bought at a local farm store. (Mine isn’t as nice–it’s painted and tries to rust). It has an almost 100% success rate, but I only use it on those rare occasions when I encounter gopher holes so big you can stick your arm down them.

      For most gopher and mole problems, I have a large collection of Trapline gopher and mole traps. I have more misses with these, but they are much easier to set and more durable. I forgot one buried in the garden this past winter and it was fine when I located it. There are some good videos on YouTube demonstrating how to correctly set the Trapline traps.

      I find that moles are easy to catch within a day or two. Gophers are more difficult, and almost impossible to catch in late summer when they relocate their tunnels several feet underground.

  2. Snowbrush says:

    You look so enamored with the little critter that I’m surprised you didn’t make it your latest pet.

    • robin says:

      It was pretty cute. If they weren’t so destructive I wouldn’t mind a colony of them. I could do a little Meerkat Manor documentary with gophers instead. 🙂

  3. ..eww..gross! I have never seen one before..one of the advantages of snow covered ground in April! haha..snow wins again 🙁

    • lee says:

      Well, I wouldn’t expect you to have seen one of these unless you happened to take an interest in lawn pests while traveling through western North America. I believe this is a smooth-toothed pocket gopher, which is only found on our edge of the continent.

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