There are woodchucks and/or rabbits living under my shed. How can I make them find a new home?

I'm in Massachusetts where it is illegal to trap them or to catch & relocate them.

I've tried used cat litter and flooding with the hose, but failed.

  • It it illegal in every case or are there exceptions e.g. where humans are at risk? E.g. from a structurally damaged building? And what if you use a licensed professional to relocate them?
    – Stephie
    Dec 1, 2015 at 13:28
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    Seems like it's not illegal to trap them. Other controls are also possible... mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/fish-wildlife-plants/mammals/… Relocation is not allowed, because nobody else wants them, and it's often a death sentence for many animals. Borrow a terrier - some are excellent vermin catchers. They will be killed, but I assume you don't mind as you were trying to drown them. Dec 1, 2015 at 16:25

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Some hunting stores will sell fox or coyote urine. I didn't believe it either but for a startling price you can buy a little squeeze bottle. The smell makes them think a predator is in the neighbourhood and they may move along.

If they do you can backfill the hole with gravel and top with a plug of chicken wire.

This is not a guaranteed solution but you have limited options.


Have a dog that likes to hunt come and visit for a while. Check for a local falconer or bowhunter too. Hunting season appears to be closed for deer season, but will then be open through February on rabbits, year-round on groundhogs (and what dogs do by themselves does not fall under the jurisdiction of the DFW.)



Camphor and/or mothballs are other approaches to the "odor them out" method.

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