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Ways To Celebrate Groundhog Day

On February 2nd, Trapper Rob takes special care to celebrate Groundhog Day. As a wildlife trapper, it is always important to understand and respect the animals rescued out of customer’s properties.

  1. He refuses to acknowledge his own shadow
  2. He releases any trapped groundhogs
  3. He does the same thing he did the day before, over and over again
  4. He learns an Indian rain dance for cloud cover to hide all shadows
  5. He moves to Pennsylvania where he can celebrate the holiday all weekend long
  6. He watches the movie Groundhog Day
  7. He watches TV at 7:25 AM to see what Punxsutawney Phil does in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  8. He serenades local wildlife that burrows underground for winter
  9. He practices saying, “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
  10. He eats a groundhog diet of green beans, apples, and bananas

Groundhog Day Culture

groundhogGroundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow. In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges celebrate the holiday with social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more plays or skits are performed for entertainment. The Pennsylvania German dialect is the only language spoken at the event, and those who speak English pay a penalty, usually in the form of a nickel, dime or quarter, per word spoken, put into a bowl in the center of the table.

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the eponymous 1993 film Groundhog Day, which was set in Punxsutawney and portrayed Punxsutawney Phil.

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Questions Your Trapper Will Ask You

These are some of the basic questions any animal trapper will ask you when you call in with a problem. It is important to carefully think about the wildlife animal that is on your property so your trapper can arrive fully prepared.

  • What type of animal do you think is on your property?
  • Where do you think the animal is finding a way in?
  • How long has have you noticed the animal?
  • Have you heard any sounds of babies yet?
  • Do you smell death, urine, or fecal anywhere?
  • Has anyone who lives in your household become sick or experienced increased allergies?
  • Have you noticed any unusual insects such as maggots, flies, mites, ticks?
  • Has anyone been threatened or attacked by the animal?
  • Have you tried to deal with the animal yourself? In what way?
  • Has a professional previously attempted to resolve the problem?
  • What damage has the animal inflicted so far?
  • Have you taken any pictures of the animal, infestation location, or damage that you are willing to email to us?
  • Can you estimate the cost of the present damage the animal has caused?
  • Is the wild animal causing you to worry or to lose sleep?
  • How would you rate this problem: mild, moderate, or extreme?

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