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As with any wildlife, a woodchuck should be rescued if it:

  • Has been found by a cat, dog, or other predator;

  • Has any injury;

  • Has bugs or fly eggs on it (these look like sawdust);

  • Allows someone to pick it up or is lying on its side;

  • Is very thin or weak.

Baby woodchucks are born in burrows in the spring. Babies often begin emerging from the burrow under the mother’s supervision.

It is very unusual to find a single baby woodchuck. If you find one, it is probably orphaned and needs rescuing.

If you find a litter of babies and there is no mother nearby, they might need rescuing.

What do I do next?

Am I really orphaned? Woodchucks/


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