Groundhogs are also variously referred to as woodchucks, whistle-pigs, or land-beavers. The name whistle-pig comes from the fact that, when alarmed, a groundhog will emit a high-pitched whistle as a warning to the rest of his or her colony. The name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood. Or chucking.Feb 2, 2012
“Groundhogs do have large incisors like rodents do, so your dog stands a chance of being bitten. ... She adds that “all animals can have rabies, but rabies in groundhogs would be very rare.” While the groundhog may not threaten your pets, it can be in danger from other predators.Feb 1, 2013
Mostly herbivorous, groundhogs eat primarily wild grasses and other vegetation, including berries and agricultural crops, when available. In early spring, dandelion and coltsfoot are important groundhog food items.
Ways to Eat Groundhog. ... "The simple fact is, groundhogs are eminently edible and delicious," writes Everett J. Castro in Mother Earth News. "Like rabbits and squirrels (both of which are valued food animals), whistle-pigs are vegetarians. Thus, their meat, when properly prepared, is quite tasty and tender."Feb 1, 2012
Groundhogs seem to carry no life-threatening diseases to humans. Just because they're safe to eat doesn't mean they taste good but apparently they do. and tender." Elsewhere, people describe the groundhog as tasting similar to squirrel or rabbit.Feb 3, 2009