Pocket gopher mitigation

Asked March 23, 2018, 2:12 PM EDT

We live in Roxborough CO and have an infestation of pocket gophers on our open space property. We have lots of other wildlife in our area such as large cats, foxes, coyotes, hawks, eagles etc. We are concerned about using poison in their tunnels for fear that they may cause harm to other animals if they are eaten as prey. Thank you for any advice you may have to offer on other means of effective mitigation.

Douglas County Colorado

1 Response

One of the most effective ways to control pocket gophers is by trapping. Poisoning does not usually affect other predators as the gophers usually stay underground where predators can't find them. Also, eating one poisoned gopher won't usually harm a predator. It would take several to harm most predators.
I am including the URL to a fact sheet on pocket gophers. The fact sheet has a good explanation on how to trap gophers. Remember to tie down the traps so that predators don't take off with your traps. You can find traps at most hardware stores. Try to set the traps before you buy them. Some styles are hard to set.
After looking over the fact sheet, if you have questions, contact your Douglas County Extension Office or eXtension. You can also call me at 719-565-8158.


Good Luck,