HAMDEN \u2014 Hamden firefighters and an animal control officer managed to free a woodchuck that became trapped inside a stove pipe Friday. Firefighters met with the animal control officer, and found the animal \u201cwith its head stuck in a stove pipe,\u201d a post on the Hamden Fire Department\u2019s Facebook page said. Authorities disassembled the stove pipe and \u201cpeeled it apart\u201d to free the woodchuck, the post said. The animal was then released. Firefighters did not say where the incident occurred. Woodchucks\u2019 natural habitat is in forest openings, which has led the animals to adapt to forest edges and fields as humans have cleared woodland, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The rodents are the largest member of the squirrel family in the state. Their range extends as far north as Alaska, and as far south as northern Georgia. The question \u201chow much wood could a wood chuck chuck?\u201d isn\u2019t really accurate. Their English name possibly derives from the Algonquin word \u201cwuchak,\u201d according to DEEP.