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What are wildlife killing contests? While blood sports such as dogfighting and cockfighting have been condemned in the U.S. as barbaric and cruel, the little-known blood sport of the wildlife killing contest still happens regularly in almost all of the 45 U.S. states that have not yet banned them...

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A raccoon in the chimney, a woodchuck under the shed, a skunk under the back porch … When confronted with wildlife living up-close in their own homes or backyards, well-meaning but harried homeowners often resort to what they see as the most humane solution—live-trapping the animal and then setting...

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Shy creatures who reside in extensive burrows, woodchucks keep to themselves and might go unnoticed in your own backyard.

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The woodchuck (a.k.a. groundhog) is often caught between being a celebrity and a villain—one day we rely on his shadow to forecast the seasons; the next day we grumble as he makes a meal of our carefully planted garden or digs up the yard.

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Adapted from the book Wild Neighbors