Some Critter Plowed Our Yard!

Canada
September 4, 2007 12:16pm CST
Last night was a nice night. Not too hot but not too cold. But I do have to say I live in Canada and it is getting on to Autumn time. Some leasves are already turning colour. Anyways!!! I woke up this morning and while having my morningn tea looked out the window at the back yard. There was this huge path that was diagonally but within the same form from one end of the lawn to the other (about 15 feet) that it looked like someone had taken a small shovel and turned up the grass. It looks plowed. Huge chunks of grass have been lifted up and turned over and not in any violent way. It looks like someone plowed my backyard. My dad and I went out to look it over this morning and well he said it was moles. Now, my dad is a pretty smart guy. He's done almost everything out there you could do and I consider him one of the smartest common sense people out there but I don't know whether he is right or not. I mean moles are cute and little and brown and if it was moles it had to have been at least 100 to have done all this in one night. Can anyone confirm that my dad is right? If so why would they rip up the grass in my back yard but not dig any holes in the dirt. Whatever, it was just ripped the grass layer up and turned it over. It couldn't be a bear, it wasn't a deer, we don't know what it was. But I sure would like to because I have a 5 year old son I don't want going outside if something bad is out there. If it was moles how many were there and why would they do this. Can anyone help me with my little mystery?
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5 responses
4 Sep 07
young lady, i have not the faintest idea of what you might be referring to, but i served with Canadians during the war and they were some of the bravest fighting men i met. it is an abomination that Canada does not get the recognition it desrves for the freedom of 39-45 war. you, on the other hand would be chased for a courting soda if i was 55 years younger!
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• Canada
4 Sep 07
Thank you for your kind words. My Grandfather served in the war (as most peoples relations did back then) He became a POW at Dieppe.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
4 Sep 07
Bless all the brave men and woman in all countries Armed Forces. They do a great job throughout history.
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
17 Sep 07
I'd say either a gopher or like you said moles. From what I've read they are very hard to get rid of. Good luck with it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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• Canada
17 Sep 07
It completely horrible. Whatever it is keeps coming back. I don't think they'll be back much longer though because my whole backyard is totaled. There won'y be much grass left for the critter to overturn here within a week. My dad says there's nothin' to be done so this fall right before winter we're gonna throw dirt on it and hopefully have it fixed by next spring.
@peaceful (3286)
• United States
4 Sep 07
That's a little mystery you've got there... it's possible that some kind of ground sqirrel or badger might have gotten the "Fall Friskies" and taken to digging up your yard... Moles, though, are very organised, and can dig in groups or gangs with a single purpose and direction in mind... but I'm going for a larger critter in your case. Take a look at "How To Get Rid Of Stuff" : http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com and see if they can offer you some clues! :) Good luck!
• Canada
4 Sep 07
I had never thought of a Badger. They aren't plentiful in our area but they aren't uncommon either. Thanks!
@xfahctor (14114)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
6 Sep 07
This got me thinking about our conversation the other night babe. I think our dad may be right. Moles can get quite large actualy and can do a lot of damage to a lawn. After thinking about it, it seems I remember having this problem when we lived in conneticut too.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I had this problem in my yard with moles. They have sparys that attatch to your hose to spray the lawn with. The main thing that attracts moles to a yard is the grubs in the ground. These sprays kill the grubs thus depleting the moles food source. I spary early spring then early fall and haven't had a problem since. The tunnels they dig can destroy a yard very quickly if not taken care of. Traps are hard to use as the moles seldom use the same tunnel as they are foraging for food throughout the yard. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• Canada
4 Sep 07
Thanks for the advice Poppa Bob but I've never ever had this issue before this is the first freak time that it has happened. And I don't like the idea of spray because well, I live in the sticks and I'm worried about the water and chemicals and the livestock on the farm and my little son etc.....
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
4 Sep 07
The sprays are safe to the enviroment and other animals. It kills just grubs. It is like 99 percent mineral oil is all. It isn't bad for us or animals.
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• Canada
4 Sep 07
Thanks! I might have to give it a try. It just took me by suprise coz' I've lived out there forever and this has never ever happened and then in the span of 1 night my backyard is destroyed and I don't know how to fix it.