What animal made this hole?

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Old 11-13-20, 06:27 PM
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What animal made this hole?

I found this in my mothers yard. I'm thinking gopher, ground hog, or armadillo but not really sure. She lives in longview, texas.





Also, any suggestion on what she can do to get rid of it? She's also a little afraid something might jump out so keep that in mind whatever recommendation is given :P!
 
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A clear picture of one of the footprints would be helpful.
 
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Old 11-13-20, 07:09 PM
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I think that was a dog. The dirt is a ways away from the hole. I think he was digging for something that he smelled. A skunk would have a just a little pile of dirt, just digging for grubbs or small roots. Maybe not even a pile... just a little scattered.
A gopher/mole/ground hog would have dirt all around the base of the hole. Also there would most likely be a mound trail where it dug & moved along just under the ground. This was a larger animal in my opinion, like a dog.
 
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Old 11-13-20, 07:35 PM
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Based on the one footprint I think I see, I was leaning toward dog too.
 
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A closeup view.........
 
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This is what I see. Dog (or coyote/fox) print.

 
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The large paw prints could indicate that an animal was trying to dig out the animal that made the hole. Here in the northeast, I'd say a ground hog made the hole. How far in does the hole go? If it doesn't go much further than what we can see, then it may simply be a birthing den. If it is an actual tunnel that goes deep, then the animal may still be there. Take a yardstick or similar and probe the hole to determine depth.

I'd consider raking the soil smooth for future monitoring and stuffing the opening with balled up newspaper to see if anything enters/exits. Hopefully the hole is inactive.
 
 

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