(05-19-2015, 09:22 PM)Munin Wrote: Nope. This is the third year we've lived here and he (she?) or one of his (her?) ilk has been here every summer.
Yep, they come and go. They prefer to over-winter in dens near tree roots. Do you have a tree nearby? Mots also select different birthing dens.
Wait til he vacates and fill the den before you spend $5000 on a new slab - you'll know when he's not there by the absence of flies/bugs flying around the entrance. Mots dig separate "bathrooms" in the den that the bugs are attracted to. When there's no fresh poop, the bugs leave. No bugs, no mot.
(05-19-2015, 09:22 PM)Munin Wrote: Did you know that woodchucks climb trees?
In all the time I've been doing this I've only seen it less than half a dozen times. I've only ever gotten TWO photos of a mot in a tree, but they're from some distance, and once they see you coming they tend to bail.
About two weeks ago I was watching a den and the mot came out and grabbed this little tree about 4 inches in diameter. I thought he was going to climb, but instead he did this HILARIOUS "pole dance" as he rubbed the sides of his face on it. He just stood there, jumping back and forth a bit as he clutched the trunk. Quietest. Laughing. EVER.
Mots are in the squirrel family; I guess they like to dig more than climb.
The only thing funnier than a mot climbing a tree is a porcupine climbing a tree! Because they are TERRIBLE at it and often fall! In fact, a porcupine's quills are antiseptic BECAUSE they fall out of trees so often; don't want to die of an infection from your own defensive weapon after falling on it.
Search for porcupine climbing/falling videos. Worth any time expenditure.