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Pocket Gopher/Mole

Pocket gophers are commonly called moles. They are a problem in pastures and farmland throughout much of Alberta.  Pocket gophers tend to feed above ground in late spring and early summer, when stems and leaves are most nutritious. As the nutritional quality of stems and leaves declines, pocket gophers turn to feeding below ground on roots and other plant parts. They create extensive burrow systems in search of food. Soil from the burrows is deposited in mounds above ground. One animal may make up to fifty (50) mounds per year through its burrowing.  Pocket gophers are active throughout the winter, feeding and burrowing beneath the snow.

Pocket gophers often invade yards and gardens, feeding on many garden crops, ornamental plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. A single gopher moving down a garden row can inflict considerable damage in a very short time. Gophers also can gnaw and damage plastic water lines and lawn sprinkler systems. Mounds on lawns interfere with mowing equipment and spoil the appearance of a well-kept lawn. Trapping is a safe and effective method for controlling pocket gophers.

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