This is kind of unusual, but I have a gopher problem in my front and backyard. Yes, that seems like a normal sentence, but the gopher isn’t my problem. We’ve actually been living quite harmoniously with the little creature for a couple of years now with no serious issues. As long as he stays out of my vegetable gardens, I let him dig around and have the time of his life. I’m a very strong believer that unless an animal has proved itself a danger to you or your things, there’s no reason to harm it or even bother it for that matter. And that is where my problem comes in: I just adopted a Boston terrier.
Now I’m not looking to get rid of my sweet dog, I rescued him from an abusive home and worked very hard to get him back to health and into a mental state where he was ready to live in a home again. Unfortunately, he thinks that the gopher problem is something that he needs to address and take care of. Whenever I let him outside, he instantly sniffs out the gopher and tries to dig the little thing out of the ground. I let him do his thing for the most part, dogs will be dogs I suppose, but when he comes back into the house with small scratches bleeding on his nose and face I have to intervene.
I don’t want to hurt the little gopher, but I don’t know how to get him to leave naturally to another place, and trapping him is way out of my league as a veterinarian. Shots I can do, your cat needs surgery? I’m all over it. I am good at helping animals, but I have no idea how to remove them. So what I’m saying, is I need help to solve this gopher problem. I don’t know if there are any companies that have a natural removal process for gophers, but I would be very interested in hearing about it. Of course, if there isn’t I recognize that my dog’s safety is more important than the gophers.