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Chipmunk(s) Emerge For Spring From Underneath Stoop - March 2024

The varmint (or varmints) that live under our back stoop have come back (or...more accurately) have come OUT of hibernation for the Winter from under our back stoop.  How do I know?  There's telltale signs - including a couple of entry/exit holes along with piled-up gravel and half-eaten walnuts and black walnut shells.  See below for a top-down view of the dang(!) chipmunk hole right next to our stoop: I wasn't sure if he was eaten by a predator last Fall, but turns out he was just hibernating.  From Nat Geo kids : Chipmunks hibernate in cold weather, which means they spend most of the winter sleeping in their dens. One chipmunk can gather up to 165 acorns in a day. In just two days, a chipmunk can collect enough food to last an entire winter, although chipmunks typically hoard much more food than necessary. Now...I have to figure out what to do about him.  I REALLY don't want to have to deal with him, but need him to move along.  Before he starts a family. We have that pa