ground·​hog | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌhȯg How to pronounce groundhog (audio) , -ˌhäg \

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Recent Examples on the Web That includes all game animals, birds and furbearers, including bear, beaver, coyote, deer, opossum, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, nutria, fox, mountain lion, groundhog, bobcat, Red Wolf, feral swine, and alligator. Leada Gore |, al, "Game wardens put an end to Sand Mountain Sam, Alabama’s weather-predicting possum," 15 Jan. 2020 The one where the Milwaukee County Zoo's groundhog was smart enough not to go outside. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top 10 Wisconsin weather events in last decade," 9 Jan. 2020 Legend has it that back in the fourteenth-century, a cabinet maker named Matthias Kuepermann created cornhole after watching some kids toss rocks into a groundhog hole. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Tailgating Fans," 20 Nov. 2019 Powassan virus disease is typically spread by the deer tick (scientifically known as Ixodes scapularis) or the groundhog tick (Ixodes cookei), according to the CDC. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Maine Confirmed Its First Case of a Rare Tick-Borne Virus in Years. Here's What to Know About Powassan," 25 July 2019 The groundhogs had an outstanding year here in the yard. Cori Brown,, "Cori Brown: Nature signals a time to recharge," 7 Sep. 2019 In Maryland, foxes, raccoons, skunks, cats, and bats are the most common species to spread rabies, although all warm-blooded animals can carry the disease like sheep, cattle, goats, and ferrets and groundhogs. Iris Katz,, "Pet Wise: Rabies represents a continued threat in Carroll County, even in 2019," 13 Sep. 2019 In addition to the deer tick, the squirrel and groundhog ticks can also spread this illness, the CDC says. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "8 Tick-Borne Illnesses That Aren’t Lyme Disease," 26 July 2019 These cascades impact the behavior of mammals from foxes to groundhogs, birds, insects, and even water quality and soil health. Josh Adler, National Geographic, "Making peace in the Golan Heights—between humans and wolves," 11 Apr. 2019

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1741, in the meaning defined above

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“Groundhog.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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ground·​hog | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌhȯg How to pronounce groundhog (audio) , -ˌhäg \

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