Got rid of my guns years ago but if i ever experience something like that ill revert to my neighborhood vigilante persona. Fortunately lawmakers are wise enough to allow the killing of protected species if they are causing damage. Im a firm believer that wild animals are fine in the wild but have no place on my property and i used to enforce that with a vengance. I still spray for bugs and poison anything i can that scurries around getting into my stuff. This year for the first time in years i have shrews. Ill be going after them shortly. Both my adjacent neighbors trap moles and chipmonks so i dont have much trouble with them. One neighbor said he trapped over 20 chipmonks in one season.
My rear neighbor had so many groundhogs he had to grade his field before he could drive the tractor on it. That is why the codes require rat walls on buildings. Groundhogs can dig huge tunnels.