Another year, another gopher munching on my dear wife Karen’s hard work in the backyard garden of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.
Not to mention making beloved rescue dog Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle’s life miserable again.
Hey, wait. In finding the link above to share the last time I put out our Have a Heart trap to collect the furry pest to deposit elsewhere in Central New York, I discovered it was in June 2014. The relocation project lasted two years.
Alas, the pooch started her stalking and the plants began disappearing a few weeks ago. We knew we had another gopher problem.
I pulled the trap out of the shed, threw in some brocolli, and placed it in the garden. Three nights in a row, I caught a curious squirrel.
Back it went in the shed. Too much trouble letting those fast and furious buggers back out. Besides, Ellie B really went nuts in the wee hours with a hated squirrel rattling around inside the trap inside the butterfly garden.
But then Karen spotted the beast in the backyard, and chased it out beside the shed.
I decided to place the trap on that escape route.
Bingo, on night one.
I had to go check, surprisingly. The dog did not go nuts right off the bat when let out at 6 a.m.
And the gopher remained stock still in the trap in the shade of the shed.
When the sun came up and I pulled the trap out, though, it started rattling around pretty good. And Dogamous Pyle went batty on the porch, too.
And so in the back of the Mazda it went, on the five-plus-mile drive to the wild space near Green Lakes.
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I stuck my bare hand to the spring-released door, and the gopher ignored my fleshy human target and sprinted away.
Off to a better life? Different, for sure, without our plants on which to fatten up and dog to terrorize.
Have you ever been bitten by an animal, and if so, please spill the details. When do you think I’ll have to pull our trap out again? How far away would you go and where would you release the gopher?