Yesterday Mark was working in the yard repairing sprinkler heads and he heard a strange noise on the fence. There was a bird on the fence and so he though that we had a cat in the backyard. Mark looked over the fence and then this "thing" ran into the backyard. He ran under the gas grill. Mark knocked on the windows to get my attention and I looked outside and saw this "thing." We couldn't figure out what it was. I said it was a gopher, Mark told me that gophers don't get that big, but I said he had long teeth like a gopher! I could see them very well!!
I called animal control and they asked me if it had a tail, I said yes, so they said it was a muscrat and they were nasty to stay away from it....so I had been face level with this thing and now she tells me to stay away from it. Mark stays in the backyard to keep it from running away.
When animal control showed up, they said it was a rock chuck. Where in the world did he come from? They tried to catch him under the gas grill, but he ran around the side of the house and fell into the window well.
Here they caught him at the end of their stick and are bringing him up. It was a pretty big thing.