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Paigelauren
May 2, 2020 8:37 AM CST
We have a 4 ft x 4ft raised bed in our backyard. It seems like some sort of animal is either digging up through the ground below or digging into the soil from above. Could anyone please help me identify what animal have made this hole?

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Name: John
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CPPgardener
May 3, 2020 10:54 PM CST
Welcome!

Thinking It looks like something is digging upwards since there is no mound, or something/one stepped on soft soil. What is your location? That would help narrow the suspects.
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Paigelauren
May 6, 2020 12:40 PM CST
CPPgardener, thanks so much for the response!

We're located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Does that give you any clues?

The soil is soft because I recently was preparing the bed to plant. But I'm 99% certain that a person didn't step on it, as we're home all the time now and I've never seen someone come into our backyard before.
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LarryCrutchley
May 6, 2020 9:13 PM CST
Do you have any places in your yard that the ground is raised up like a tunnel,if so it could maybe be ground moles.
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Frankp877
May 7, 2020 6:42 AM CST
I'm getting the same holes as you posted in your pics. This morning I got to see what the culprit was, squirrels. Had two of them rooting in the raised bed and had just about dug up all my radish sprouts.

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slowcala
May 7, 2020 6:50 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Welcome! here Paige & Frank. Those pesky squirrels! They will dig to China trying to bury an acorn. I have uncovered Live Oak acorns that the sq. placed in the garden a foot deep. When the seedlings come up sometimes I have to go deep to get them out. It's an endless job. Have squirrels will bury!!!!

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Paigelauren
May 7, 2020 11:22 AM CST
You know, I bet it may well be squirrels for us too! My first thought was moles, but we don't have signs of moles anywhere else in our yard. We do have loads of squirrels around though.
Thanks so much for the responses, everyone!
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Frankp877
May 8, 2020 7:12 AM CST
You're welcome and thank you for the welcome Slowcala
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cwhitt
May 8, 2020 7:17 AM CST
Not a mole, too big for a rat. Hurray! I am thinking probably a ground squirrel.
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