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Wisconsin's Jimmy the Groundhog enters "witness protection"

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Jimmy the Groundhog is in hiding after predicting an early spring, according to his handler.

Jerry Hahn tells our sister station 27 News, "Jimmy has entered the Witness Protection Program." Hahn jokes that people have been upset with Jimmy after he predicted an early spring, and winter seems to be sticking around Wisconsin and much of the country.

Jimmy isn't the only groundhog who's in hot water with the public right now.

Punxsutawney Phil was charged with fraud in Ohio earlier this month although the charge was dropped Tuesday. His handler, Bill Deeley, took the blame though saying Phil did predict six more weeks of winter, Bill just misunderstood his "groundhog-ese."

27 News caught up Jimmy and Jerry Tuesday morning. Just like Phil and Bill, Jerry says Jimmy isn't to blame for the extended winter, but he may have been misunderstood by the Sun Prairie mayor.

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