Marmot Infestation

  
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Yeah. I bet you enjoy those grapes and a;mounds

Yeah. Don’t you enjoy those CA grapes and almonds 😛
Orezok, I see you are located somewhere in the Mojave desert. I was stationed at George AFB near Victorville many long years ago. Besides the sun being nearly unbearable, the blowing sand sand-blasted my left back fender from parking at an angle in the barracks parking lot. I considered staying in CA, but decided at the last minute to return to Illinois, then eventually to WA State.
 

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it looks like the only remedy will be long-term trapping and/or poisoning. Even then the results will be abatement and not solution.
That is an astonishing number of varmits and pests to deal with. Seems like you are on it as well as you can, but as you said, it will take time to see results.
 

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Gheez, guys. I hope it doesn’t get that bad here. On my rental property I’ve only seen one marmot, and it was quite bold. Drove the dog nuts because we wouldn’t let him get at it. But with 25 acres, who knows what the future holds? I guess it is a bit too big for a 495 ft./s pellet gun.
 
  
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Gheez, guys. I hope it doesn’t get that bad here. On my rental property I’ve only seen one marmot, and it was quite bold. Drove the dog nuts because we wouldn’t let him get at it. But with 25 acres, who knows what the future holds? I guess it is a bit too big for a 495 ft./s pellet gun.
The neighbor across the road tried a pellet rifle on the marmots after a couple of his dogs were ripped up requiring vet care. I don’t have the particulars on the gun he used, but he gave up the hunt when the rifle he used wasn’t effective.

There are pellet rifles that are big game effective with larger calibers and higher velocities, but I doubt most of us would spend the big bucks to buy one. I want one, of course, but a .22 rifle can do the job, and a whole lot cheaper.

In my situation it is more effective to trap and relocate.
 

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Gophers chewed through the insulation on the 6 gauge aluminum wiring going to my well control panel. All new wiring is now in conduit. This costs over 1k to repair.
 

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When I ran the power from the meter pole to the house - I put it all underground. A friend suggested conduit. I questioned his recommendation but went ahead and put it in conduit.. BOY - am I ever glad I did. I have SEVERAL tribes of pocket gophers here.

There is one good think coming from this PNW heat wave. The pocket gophers are staying underground. If I were extremely fortunate - they would all be moving back into the woods.
 

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The neighbor across the road tried a pellet rifle on the marmots after a couple of his dogs were ripped up requiring vet care. I don’t have the particulars on the gun he used, but he gave up the hunt when the rifle he used wasn’t effective.

There are pellet rifles that are big game effective with larger calibers and higher velocities, but I doubt most of us would spend the big bucks to buy one. I want one, of course, but a .22 rifle can do the job, and a whole lot cheaper.

In my situation it is more effective to trap and relocate.

I would love to try out one of those pellet guns myself, but unfortunately once you get over 500 ft./s here it is classified as a firearm, which creates a whole new set of issues.
 
 
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