One of my neighbors is terribly concerned that her resident chipmunks will harm her flower beds. They dig holes, and she finds the holes unsightly. She wants to trap them and relocate them.
Trapping a chipmunk is pretty easy -- I have trapped several that got into the house -- but you can do it only one chipmunk at a time. Moreover, I looked up some chipmunk facts, and I am not sure the young are capable of making it on their own, or whether they need a few more weeks or another month.
I live in northern Virginia, near DC. I have several chipmunks scurrying around, and they look adult, but I'm no chipmunk expert. I just know they are a joy to watch, and I don't want my neighbor's prematurely thrown out to fend for themselves.
When can the chipmunks be safely relocated?
(Not a valid part of this question, but does anyone understand why people move to a woodsy region if they see animals as pests to be displaced?)