I photographed this mother Groundhog with its young pup, just outside their burrow in the Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina using a remotely setup camera and fired with wireless transmitter. The camera was setup on a tripod less than 6 inches off the ground. This gives the image an eye to eye level of contact.
As birth of the young approaches in April or May, the male leaves the den. One litter is produced annually, usually containing two to six blind, hairless and helpless young. Young groundhogs are weaned and ready to seek their own dens at five to six weeks of age.
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