Dolly Sarrio
Dolly Sarrio
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Asked on Jun 26, 2013

Strawberry Patch and Wild Critter

Dolly SarrioMahtaMouseJudy
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I have a few pictures of the berries and of a wild critter. Maybe some of you can tell me what it is. Look closely at the little berries because something ate them...yep didn't get a one but I am gonna watch closely to try to get one at least...Hope you are all enjoying the gardening this year. I have to now go out again soon one cooler morning to what? Weed the nutsedge out of patch it's BACK! Have a great gardening week ya'll.
Glad I got some pictures, because I sure didn't get the berries!
Glad I got some pictures, because I sure didn't get the berries!
Beautiful blooms
Beautiful blooms
Fuzzy pic of critter...Does anyone know what it is?
Fuzzy pic of critter...Does anyone know what it is?
27 answers
  • Marilyn Highley
    on Jun 26, 2013

    Hard to tell - do you have groundhogs in your area?

  • Melody
    on Jun 26, 2013

    Maybe raccoon? They'll eat berries sometimes.

  • Dolly Sarrio
    on Jun 27, 2013

    Hi Marilyn, I don't know of any groundhogs but that doesn't mean we don't have them. Melody, The coloring on the back looks kinda like a racoon, I just don't know...Thanks ya'll

  • Elaine Simmons
    on Jun 27, 2013

    Looks like a small raccoon to me too.

  • Denise Weick
    on Jun 27, 2013

    Raccoons' have a very distinct hump back. this looks to me like a raccoon. they love berries, so you need to pick up some garden netting, Home Depot carries it. Not expensive at all; like $10 or less a roll, simply unroll it and we stake the edges with metal "U" shaped nails. We place tomato cages in the areas first to give growing room. keeps critters at bay. Have a good time gardening! : )

  • Su
    on Jun 27, 2013

    I think you have a nutria rat...they are a cross between a rat and a beaver....look up the pic's and see but by the looks of this animal in your pic..I would almost bet that is what it is

  • Nancy Hand
    on Jun 27, 2013

    Defiantly Bigfoot!! lol

  • Starpup
    on Jun 27, 2013

    I've seen a LOT of raccoons...this is a typical raccoon posture; kind of upside-down u-shaped.

  • Nancy Bode
    on Jun 27, 2013

    This critter falls under the general classification of "vermin". Can your city/town/whatever provide you with a live trap? That way you can get rid of the animal without it moving on to your neighbors' gardens. Or, worse yet, someone else might try to poison it.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 27, 2013

    I vote raccoon as well.

  • Diann
    on Jun 27, 2013

    We have always had problems with racoons getting at out strawberries. This year it was mice. They took a bite out of each strawberry. Didn't eat all of the strawberry. Nope just a nibble at each one!

  • Jeanne
    on Jun 27, 2013

    it would help to know how big the critter is

  • Diane Norden
    on Jun 27, 2013

    I cover my strawberries with a net to keep out the birds and all the raccoons/groundhogs/deer/rabbits and other critters. Also, I've found motion activated animal repellers to be very effective at keeping critters out of my garden. They cost about $25, but they've been worth every penny to keep from sharing my garden goodies!

  • Debbie M
    on Jun 27, 2013

    His face/head does not appear to be as pointed as a racoon's. And the coloring is wrong for a racoon as well. It appears to be a groundhog. Unless you are near a creek, in which case it could be a beaver. If you have it relocated, another one will just take its place, trust me.

  • Nancy Hatcher
    on Jun 27, 2013

    Size is kind of key trait to figuring out what this little one is. Voles are smaller while ground hogs are larger. Definitely not a raccoon - head is too small & wrong coloring.

  • Nida Chambers
    on Jun 28, 2013

    We just saw one of these on Wednesday. It's a wood chuck. Had to do my research as we had never seen one before.

  • Lou ann johnson
    on Jun 28, 2013

    Rabbits eat my berries so do ground squirrels

  • P
    on Jun 28, 2013

    Looks like a groundhog. They are sometimes called a Wood Chuck also. They can be very destructive and mean.

  • Gerry H
    on Jun 28, 2013

    I am battling groundhogs in my yard right now and have trapped a young one about a month ago. Mamma and another 'big' baby are left and they are doing havoc with my plants. The younger one has now turned aggressive and is threatening anyone who comes near the trap. He wants the food in it but with very aggressive behavior sets it off before entering inside. He then attacks the cage, biting the wire, the metal and then rolling the cage over and over . He will stick his nose down near the bottom and pushes this huge cage around the yard.(he looks like a football tackle with those dummys they push in practice'.) I am terrified to go out in my yard, especially with my dog. Even when you get rid of one others will come back because the burrows are already dug.

  • Bernice K.
    on Jun 28, 2013

    It's a chipmunk.

  • Elaine Graham
    on Jun 28, 2013

    It is a groundhog for sure.

  • Virginia A
    on Jun 28, 2013

    I have a page I created on Squidoo called What Is Eating My Strawberries. It might help you.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 29, 2013

    You could pick up one of those simple digital "game cameras" that have a motion sensor. You can get simple ones for 40 bucks or so. Fancy ones can run $150 to $200

  • Judy
    on Jul 9, 2013

    I noticed live traps at Home Depot for about $20. Trap it & release miles away.

  • Dolly Sarrio
    on Jul 9, 2013

    I haven't seen him anymore

  • MahtaMouse
    on Jul 17, 2013

    Looks like he has a collar. Mine were eaten by my CAT (as well as the dogs)! Your pic does resemble a cat...

  • Dolly Sarrio
    on Jul 17, 2013

    MahtaMouse cute reply but it isn't a cat. With all of the comments and some research I have determined that it was indeed a woodchuck or groundhog. It may look like a collar but no there was no collar. Thanks.

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