Can you help identify a critter? Looks like giant gopher.
Last year we had rabbits in the neigborhood. This year we have something that's been called a gopher, a woodchuck, and a groundhog, but I looked those up, and it doesn't seem to quite fit the descriptions. Sorry no pic is available; I just saw it for the first time this morning, and just for a few minutes.
It has markings much like a gopher, I think: kind of gray-brown salt & pepper fur, dark nose and snout with the dark color fading into the head; dark long tail, sits up on its hind legs to eat. However, I think it's bigger than a gopher - the body is maybe 15" long, with the tail adding another 10"-12". The size is more like a beaver, but I don't think the tail is flat.
It doesn't seem to be doing extensive (visible) tunneling in the yards (some neighbors have found a few tunnels, but there are also other burrowers around), and when I saw it, it was on top of the ground doing some weeding for me, rather than going after roots or digging. It wasn't eating any of my good plants, as far as I could tell. However, I am in the process of naturalizing, so there are plenty of weed-type plants for it to opt for.
Any guesses about what our neighborhood critter is?