Although a gopher might be a beloved mascot for Saskatchewan Roughrider fans, it is far from popular with prairie farmers.
The gopher, or Richardson ground squirrel, is a major part of the landscape of North America, known for communicating through singing or chirping, its upright stance when looking around, and its enterprising underground tunnel system. They are also a major bane to farmers everywhere who cannot see their numbers cut down enough.
Jack Kemp, who lives and farms several miles northwest of Boissevain recently put out an ad looking for hunters to come and cut down the gopher population on his property. He has had some success from this. Speaking on Monday, July 12, he had gopher shooters out that day, but was still looking for some parties in the future.