Due to the exploding population of the woodchuck and expectation of continued increase in their numbers as a result of continuing deforestation, the woodchuck can and probably will in the future be blamed for substantial farm and crop damage if control measures are not put into place. The "drop holes" (please see our "Where Woodchucks Live") and large den openings that the woodchuck creates pose a considerable hazard to horses and other livestock. These openings and dens have been documented to cause numerous broken legs to animals due to either misplaced footing or burrow cave-ins. In addition to livestock hazards, it has also been documented that these same woodchuck dangers can cause serious damage to farm equipment. The crops for which the woodchuck has an affinity - alfalfa, corn, many types of beans, oats, and even some fruits, among others - it will travel a great distance to access and can cause an enormous amount of damage to in a short period of time, especially when these crops are frequented by a number of woodchucks.
Unprotected underground cabling (electrical, telephone, etc) may be susceptible to woodchuck damage.
Woodchuck gnawing has damaged rubber automotive hoses.
The woodchuck also has been known to undermine sections of foundation or wall in the construction of its den, nesting chamber, and hibernation chamber. These types of voids can cause foundation fractures, wall failure, and levy damage.