On a recent visit to the park, I was delighted to see these baby gophers having fun. Normally they are rarely seen but it is possible that they have become accustomed to having the park all to themselves due to Covid-19. They weren’t shy at all and allowed me to get close enough to snap this photo.
Gophers are best known for their skill in creating a network of tunnel systems. These systems help with food collection and and a means of protection. As cute as these baby gophers are, you wouldn’t want them near your vegetable garden, lawn or farm as they could cause a lot of damage.
However, there are some benefits that gophers provide. Their burrowing habits help to aerate the soil , redistribute minerals and help the soil to absorb water.
Have you ever seen a gopher?