Walking the dogs in the back field a few days ago, I noticed black dirt on top of the clean new snow. We investigated.
It's a burrow about six feet long with a front hole and a rear hole.
This is the front hole (above). It measures about 14 inches high and 10 inches wide. Whatever dug it threw dirt for about five feet.
This is the back hole, about 9 - 10 inches in diameter.
I have no reason to designate front hole and back hole other than the size. It just seems like the larger hole needs to be the front hole. The front hole is on the east, the back hole is on the west.
By the time I thought about looking for identifying tracks in the snow the dogs and I had stompted all over everything. Not that I'm any good a identifying tracks in the snow. I'm not. But it might have told me canine (fox?) or rodent (some kind of groundhog?).
What's your guess? Or maybe you actually know what it is?
For all you dog lovers like myself who are concerned, I've been keeping the little dogs away from that part of the field since the discovery and I've been walking with a stout walking stick.