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Relying on Predators for Ground Squirrel Control

Coyote on the hunt for ground squirrels. Ground Squirrel and Prairie Dog problems can be frustrating, costly and even dangerous.  Can doing nothing be the answer to my ground squirrel problems?  Relying on Predators for Rodent Control Rattlesnakes  and  Gopher snakes  eat ground squirrels and prairie dogs. The snakes go after the young squirrels because the adults are not easy prey for them to devour. Adult ground squirrels have even been known to fight and bite snakes, including rattlers! Another interesting fact: male California ground squirrels are sometimes immune to rattle snake venom. Here's an idea...if you see a gopher snake on the road, safely relocate it to the nearest ground squirrel hole. The snake will have a safe place to hide and may discover dinner inside. Coyotes & Badgers  enjoy eating ground squirrels - when they can catch them. Sometimes they pair up as hunting buddies. The badger digs for the squirrels and the coyote chases them. Check out th