I am having a problem with pocket-gophers, and I was wondering if anyone
had any ideas how to solve it.
I own about 65 acres, about 30 of which is pasture. Last spring I sold
30 acres on which I had alfalfa and rye. The soil on those fields is
a sandy-loam mix so it provided an excellent environment for the pocket-
gophers to live in. As the developers started moving dirt around on the
fields, the pocket-gophers have moved their colony into my pastures.
This by its self would probably not be too bad, but the problem comes at
night, when foxes come to hunt them. As soon as it gets dark, the foxes
start digging out the pocket-gopher holes, and they will work at it until
dawn digging between 25-40 holes. Along with the hole digging, the horses
I have in these pastures tend to get very scared and run through fences, when
there are 6 or 7 foxes prowling among them at night.
When the pocket-gophers were in the alfalfa fields I kept the fox population
down by shooting them at night, after I cut a section of the alfalfa
fields. This is no longer an option, becauses homes are being built on
both side of my property, and the owners have a slight dislike for a shotgun
going off at 3:00am.
So, as I see it, if I get rid of the pocket-gophers; the foxes will leave,
the horses will stop running through fences, and the neighbors will get off
my back. The pasture covers about 30 acres, so trapping or shooting the
pocket-gophers is out.
Any ideas would greatly be appreciated.