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. (Read more Punxsutawney Phil stories.)

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