Days after a sheriff's deputy in Maryland opened fire on an aggressive groundhog, another groundhog terrorised a woman a few kilometres away, authorities said.

Yesterday, the Humane Society of Carroll County, the county's contractor for animal control services, received a call that a groundhog had "come after" a woman when she arrived at work in Eldersburg, Maryland, said Karen Baker, the organisation's executive director.

The woman took refuge in her car, Baker said.

When other people at her office came out of the building to help her, the groundhog menaced them, leading them to retreat inside.


The groundhog was gone by the time animal control officers arrived at the scene, Baker said, so they set a trap.

The trap was empty in the afternoon, but the groundhog was later found at the scene, ready to fight. Officers removed the animal and euthanised it.

Baker said the animal would be tested for rabies, but officials don't think there is a rabies outbreak. Though groundhogs don't typically attack people, groundhog-human interactions are common.

"We do this every single day with groundhogs," she said. "It's not an uncommon occurrence."

Baker said the attack occurred a few kilometres from Liberty and White Rock roads in Eldersburg, where a sheriff's deputy fatally shot an aggressive groundhog on Monday.

District corporal Jon Light, a spokesman for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, said the deputy believed the groundhog was "acting oddly". reports that traffic was stopped because of the groundhog in the road. The Sheriff's Office said the deputy tried to guide the groundhog off the road. The groundhog then lunged at the deputy.