Now I live in a much more suburban type neighborhood but in the same town as my old house. Woodchucks (marmots, groundhogs) have eaten alot of my perennials, tomato's, squash etc. We borrowed a "hav-a-heart" trap last night to see what we could catch but no-joy so far.
I'm going thru the bleeding liberal heart animal/people thing right now. Do I really need to grow vegetables when there are so many farmers markets around? Yes...I like gardening, and specifically enjoy growing vegetables. Should I interfere with a natural animal, and cut off his food supply? Yes again, there are plenty of grasses, and fruits he/she can eat - they don't need my perennials.
Watch out woodchuck - your days in my garden are numbered. Today we are fencing in the vegetable garden, and I'm spraying hot sauce on my perennials. Hope it helps, has anyone tried that?