How many bobcats would a woodchuck fight if a woodchuck could fight bobcats?
Apparently just one is the answer to that riddle, as evident by this particular woodchuck who found himself squaring off with a bobcat in someone’s back yard. As expected, it does not go well for the groundhog…
Both species are somewhat common on the edge of areas of human development, but while seeing a groundhog is somewhat common bobcats are much more elusive. Both species’ populations are doing quite well though.
Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, whistle pigs, land beavers, and thickwood badgers, are a species of large ground squirrel more broadly known as marmots. Their range spans through almost the entirety of the eastern U.S. and up into Canada all the way to Alaska. Adult groundhogs typically measure about a foot or two in length and can weigh as much as 15-pounds, though they typically tip the scales at under 10-pounds.
Even though they’re huge for a rodent, they’re no match for a bobcat.
Bobcats are one of the most widely distributed species of wildlife in North America, with a range that spans through almost the entire U.S. and into large chunks of both Canada and Mexico. Their body length can reach measurements of up to 4-feet long and they weigh anywhere between 15 and 50-pounds. They get their name from their short bobbed tail and they are extremely efficient hunters, as displayed by this video.
Woodchucks are commonly preyed upon by bobcats, as are rabbits, squirrels, rats, birds, eggs, reptiles, and rodents. Bobcats have also been known to occasionally square off with larger prey like foxes, raccoons, skunks, and even small dogs, pet cats, and livestock. In times of extreme hunger, they’ve even been documented going after animals as large as deer, pronghorn, and elk calves.
Considering bobcats are such finely tuned predators, this whistlepig never stood a chance.