Twitchy regular Joyce Carol Oates has been chronicling her battle against a groundhog that’s been ravaging her garden and it’s hilarious.

First the author and outspoken critic of hunting tried a cat:

…but that didn’t work so she decided to trap the varmint instead, with a compassionate trap of some sort:

She baited the trap with apples:

And promptly captured a racoon:

And then she captured another racoon and some squirrels:

Next she decided to move the trap right next to the groundhog’s lair:

Will this work?

Success! But…

…After she released the groundhog at a wildlife sanctuary, Oates came home to find another groundhog in her yard:

Keep trying!