This has magically appeared a foot from our front step, It measures about 14"x 12" and yes its a woodchuck hole, perhaps newly created or maybe an old one that they abandoned--there is a smaller exit/entrance down in the dirt itself--I put this plant pot in to let the owner know we found it--even though it really does look unused. Poor choice of locations, I'd say.
And for the past few weeks we've been noticing extreme cat food disappearances overnight. Now, Charlie is a big cat, but not fat and he never struck me as a big eater anyway. Lately I've heard, especially late at night, rustly sounds in the walls that were too loud for mice and kept thinking, oh, lord, I hope its not a rat. Today I had left the outside door open to let the nice weather in--and when I came downstairs at one point there was a very chubby chipmunk on my kitchen counter, cleaning up crumbs from the cutting board.
We talked about that, and he finally took off out the open door, hesitating on the porch for a few seconds as if to say, well, are you sure--
Oh, yes. I'm sure.
I said to my husband, it does feel as if we're losing the battle, maybe we should move out now before they take over completely...