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Trapped gophers are being released onto Moose Jaw golf course

Police investigating who's responsible for the animals' release

July 5, 2023  By Turf & Rec

A Moose Jaw, Sask. golf course is having to deal with a problem seemingly initiated by a well-intentioned individual. The Hillcrest Goff Club has become the new home for the Richarson ground squirrel, otherwise known as the gopher, which appears to have been trapped elsewhere and released on the golf course property.

Gophers aren’t friends of golf courses. They dig networks of underground tunnels, compromising the turf’s health.

Police have since become involved after a few catch-and-release instances have been reported. The club has reported sightings of a man emerging from a purple Chevy parked at a nearby Walmart who has released the animals on the golf course property.

The club is currently trying to trap as many of the gophers as possible to prevent long-term damage.

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