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Punxsutawney Phil Offered Protection By New Hampshire Resort After Police Threats

02/15/2015 08:39 am ET | Updated Feb 17, 2015

GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — The groundhog jokes continue in snowy New Hampshire, where there appears to be no end to winter.

A ski resort is offering asylum to Punxsutawney Phil after police in Merrimack posted a gag on Facebook looking for the Pennsylvania groundhog who predicted six more weeks of winter.

A spokesman for the Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford said Saturday that the resort is enjoying a great winter and is concerned with "the sensationalist attack on one of America's true winter heroes."

Merrimack Police Chief Mark Doyle says the joke campaign to get Phil was an attempt to lighten the mood after a series of snowstorms that have buried New England.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf responded by saying the state would do what is necessary "to protect our beloved weather-predicting groundhog."

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