For the last couple of years, I have been finding holes in the front yard. Lots of them.


March 8, 2024 / Updated: March 8, 2024 / Lena Shore
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Crocs are for scale. I don’t care if you make fun of them. They are comfortable. You should get a pair.

The evidence

  • I could tell they were from digging as opposed to “living”. They were not tunnels. They go down about 6 inches at an angle. Dirt is kicked up around the hole.
  • The holes don’t appear every night. They show up either weekly or monthly.
  • There could be just 2-3 holes or as many as 15-20 holes in the yard. I wondered if it was one creature or several.
  • We are in an urban neighborhood with no near-by woods.

I am not bothered by holes in my yard. They aren’t big enough to break an ankle and I don’t care about “yard of the month”. If the grass is mowed, I’m happy. I also don’t care about all the duck poop in my yard, but that’s another story.

But, I am curious by nature and the case of the mysterious holes needed to be solved. I couldn’t stand it any more, and finally bought a trail cam.

The solution

In just a couple of evenings of figuring out the web cam, the mystery was solved…

It’s a raccoon!

Apparently raccoons are living their best life while digging for white grubs (often June beetles) in their yard. I knew they would come by for cat food, but no idea they would dig up your lawn.

Mystery solved!