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In this Feb. 2, 2016, photo, Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather predicting groundhog, during the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog are set to announce whether the rodent will predict an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle plan to reveal their forecast at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

A Pennsylvania sheriff's department put out a wanted poster for Punxsutawney Phil


PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Punxsutawney Phil has responded to allegations made by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, in Pennsylvania that he is a fraud.

Wednesday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office posted a wanted poster of Phil for his promise that there would only be six more weeks of winter. After the most recent snowstorms, the Sheriff's Office said, Phil is wanted for deception.

Friday, Phil responded through a statement that this “vicious attack on his character will not stand.”

"It's usually squirrels or chipmunks who complain about a long winter and maybe an occasional aardvark. I say this to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, I just call it like it is; arrest Mother Nature, not the messenger,” said Phil.

“It will appear our friends in blue in Monroe County are acting a bit, well, squirrely."

Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr. said that they have a protective order for Phil and that additional security will be posted around his whereabouts.

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