Kansas’ largest member of the squirrel family appears to be spreading its range across the state.
The 1981 edition of “Mammals of Kansas” shows Greenwood and Cowley counties as about the furthest west locations into central Kansas for the 10-pound rodents.
Within the past week, they’ve been seen in Harvey, Butler and Marion counties. They’ve been documented in Sedgwick County, also.
Also called ground hogs, woodchucks live mostly in underground dens, often where grasslands meet timber. Their shrill alarm sound has also gained them the nickname of whistle pig.