POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 6:08pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 1:52am
Tyler, Texas — Deer season may have started this past weekend, but there's another animal that is attracting a different kind of hunter in East Texas. We spoke with some locals who are hunting for gophers.
Gophers are a growing problem here in East Texas.and they are no longer staying out in rural areas. We found one neighborhood in Tyler where people are taking matters into their own hands to restore their lawns.
A local gopher exterminator tells KETK, he believes the gophers are such an issue because of the past few droughts. Michael Farnham, from Mole Masters in Tyler, says "What happens is whenever all the moisture comes out of the woods and natural soils, they usually will move into residential yards." He says the wet soil makes it easier for the gophers to dig. "The gophers are the herbivores, they're going to be eating your grass, trees, or shrubs," said Farnham.
Some East Texas homeowners are turning this problem, into a challenge. Kevin Lacey, a Tyler resident, said, "Two of my coworkers having a pretty big gopher problem so they actually started a gopher capture competition." Lacey says his co-workers picked up their own gopher traps and set them out in their yards and right now the score is 2-1. But the problem doesn't stop once their trapped. Lacey said, "Some of the mounds have been kicked over, you can see they're pretty unsightly on your yard."
Farnham says although people can buy their own traps, he suggests hiring professionals to restore your lawn, since the gophers dig up the dirt leaving your yard with dirt patches on top of the grass.