Another State Calls for Punxsutawney Phil's Head
Maryland's Montgomery County PD issues wanted poster for groundhog
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2013 8:41 AM CDT
Phil is perhaps America's most wanted groundhog. (Photo altered slightly to reduce negative space.)   (Montgomery County Police Dept.)

(Newser) – Seems Punxsutawney Phil is on everybody's not-so-hot list after promising an early spring that didn't exactly come to pass. Days after an Ohio prosecutor indicted the weather-predicting groundhog, calling for the death penalty, a Maryland police department has issued a wanted poster, DCist reports. The critter is wanted for fraud because he "claims he is a weather forecasting groundhog," yet Montgomery County is "still waiting" on that early spring. Tip from cops: "He may be hiding in a hole."

But Phil has been issued a reprieve by the Ohio prosecutor, after the groundhog's handler took the blame for the faulty forecast. "I'm the guy that did it; I'll be the fall guy. It's not Phil's fault," Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle, tells the AP. He explains that he didn't interpret Phil's "groundhog-ese" correctly, and that Phil actually did predict six more weeks of winter. In return, prosecutor Mike Gmoser has dismissed the charge.

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Mar 27, 2013 5:41 PM CDT
if you kill him, you should hold that same standard for all the weatherpeoplez too, yeah good title, slightly silly to still be trusting a thing that lives in the ground for weather advice rofl!
Mar 27, 2013 5:40 PM CDT
If you were awakened out of your nice warm, cozy bed and held up high by somebody in a wool coat, would you not run back to your bed! Do not blame Punxy! It is that person who pulled him out of his bed!
Mar 26, 2013 8:46 PM CDT
Well, at least the Woolly Bear Caterpillar is still right. Accurate over 200 years and counting...