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March 2, 2009 9:07 AM   Subscribe

What kind of creature is living in our backyard?

I live in Utah, and there is a small backyard pond next to the 'feature' shown in the pictures.

The motion activated lights have been randomly tripped during the night since we noticed this being built up.

Any ideas on what kind of roommate just moved in?

posted by bradly to Pets & Animals (8 answers total)
For clarification, the shelter/burrow/? that has been built is the raised pile of foliage in the middle around the small center indentation.
posted by bradly at 9:10 AM on March 2, 2009

Rabbits? We have the same kind of ground cover, and every spring a bun-mom moves in with her bunlets.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 9:16 AM on March 2, 2009

Have you found any scat (poop)? That would go a long way to narrowing the possibilities.
posted by elendil71 at 9:22 AM on March 2, 2009

posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:37 AM on March 2, 2009

Have you seen a burrow or lair, or is it just movement? Frogs or toads like that kind of damp, tangled bed of foliage with water nearby.
posted by fire&wings at 9:48 AM on March 2, 2009

Any number of creatutres live in burrows. Only some have telltale signs. Fox dens for instance stink to high heaven.

My guess would be rabbits too.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:43 PM on March 2, 2009

What's the area around your home like? Looks like you are in SLC, are you in the foothills, near any ravines, a park, something more rural?
posted by Good Brain at 1:25 PM on March 2, 2009

Looks like it was ducks! Thanks for the help all.
posted by bradly at 7:42 PM on April 2, 2009

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