Beasts Begone! Appendix A: Animal Identification
Relatively large (5 to 10 lb.), chunky. Color variable but generally grizzled brownish gray. Diurnal (active during day). Largely ground dwelling but capable of climbing. Frequent burrower near foundations and under decks and additions. Occasional invader of basements if foundation has deteriorated. Rarely enters crawl spaces or other wall voids in structures.
Open crawl spaces/voids under decks and additions can facilitate access.
When enters a structure, usually via a deteriorated foundation.
Whistles and clucking when alarmed.
Gnaw Marks and Food Remains
Gnaw marks on decks, trees, and other wood.
Variable; tend to be bulky and "dog-like."
Back and sides of animal: each hair partitioned into dark, light, dark, light (tip) segments; may have reddish cast; 1 to 2 inches long.
Belly: each hair partitioned into dark, light (with reddish cast) segments; approximately 1 inch long.
Tail: dark, may have reddish cast; 2 to 2 1/2 inches long.
Burrows often have a large mound of excavated dirt at the entrance.