This woodchuck has been in and out of our yard in Massachusetts, United States, for a few weeks, since early May. It comes out from under our large rhododendrons which have a small area of woods behind them. We've only ever seen this one.
It's very alert; moves quickly around the yard; sits up high on its back feet to reach leaves. It eats a variety of grasses, plants, and all our dandelions! It doesn't seem to act sick, and definitely doesn't foam at the mouth or anything like that.
Much of the fur on the rear half, and some on other areas, looks missing, and there's either a mark or a scrape on its nose. We think it's gorgeous, but we're concerned for its health. We're afraid it may have a disease, skin parasites, or something else which should be treated.
We don't want to trap it and take it to a wildlife re-habilitation center if we can possibly help it.
Is there something common to woodchucks that usually clears up without intervention?