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The deputy watched the animal take the flags, break them with its front paws and take them into its den.

Flag vandal at cemetery has 4 legs, chucks wood

LOCKPORT, N.Y. – A sheriff’s deputy investigating reports of vandalized flags at an upstate New York cemetery has caught the culprit in the act.

It was a groundhog.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said he sent a deputy to the veterans’ section of Cold Springs Cemetery in Lockport after the parents of an Army specialist buried there called reporters earlier this week to complain about the damaged flags.

Groundskeeper Rodney Burdick said about 31 flags were missing from veterans’ graves.

Voutour said he wouldn’t have believed the woodchuck was responsible if his deputy hadn’t watched the animal take the flags, break them with its front paws and take them into its den.

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