Gophers


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Gophers dig tunnels, very long tunnels, winding tunnels close to the surface, and deep tunnels with dens, kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms. They also chew their way through any obstacle in their path, including electric cables and pipes. Their digging causes extensive damage to gardens, crops, and irrigation canals, not to mention suburban lawns and golf courses.

The gopher's short bare tail is actually sensory device the gopher uses to feel its way backwards through the tunnels. Gophers have one very unusual talent; they can run as fast backwards as they can forwards. A very handy skill for a lifetime in dark tunnels. Gophers are solitary animals (except during breeding season, of course) and will fight viciously even with each other.

Utilities in the mid west are very familiar with gophers. In some areas, gophers cause more outages on underground systems than any other animal. Nation wide, they are the third leading cause of underground outages.

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