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Arrest Punxsutawney Phil, Police In New Hampshire Say

MERRIMACK, N.H. (CBS) -- There's a warrant out for Punxsutawney Phil.

Merrimack police are trying to lighten the mood amid one of the bleakest winter stretches in recent memory by threatening the famous groundhog with arrest.

"We have received several complaints from the public that this little varmint is held up in a hole, warm and toasty," police said in a Facebook post. "He told several people that winter would last 6 more weeks, however he failed to disclose that it would consist of mountains of snow!"

Police are asking residents to resist taking out their frustrations on Phil and not approach him because he's "armed and dangerous."

That might be an exaggeration, but one groundhog did bite a Wisconsin mayor's ear this month after predicting an early spring.

"Call Merrimack Police, we will certainly take him into custody!" they said.

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