First impression is mole,but let me see it’s front claws.
Here, it would be a young groundhog… in CA… IDK.
lighter colored than our voles but could be a different species of it. voles here have a very short stubby tail about a in. long. groundhogs here are redder.
A little bit more information about scale would help. I can’t really tell how big it is from the pictures, but if it’s about 5" long, as I suspect, then given your location, I’d say it’s most likely a California vole (Microtus californicus).
If there are mounds of soil it’s a pocket gopher. They’re tree killers.
Here that critter would likely be a Plains or Northern pocket gopher. Minnesota Nuisance Bat and Wildlife Control | Gopher Removal Information (mn-wildlifecontrol.com)
If there are no mounds of soil in the area, then it wouldn’t be what we have.
It is a R.O.U.S
Feral cats are a blessing, if you live in the city. No squirrels, voles, moles, doles, poles.
Feral cats here are generally coyote food.
That is a pocket gopher. Better get rid of it quickly, or there will be lots more of them. They are very destructive. You can watch them pull your plants underground in a matter of seconds.
I must say I did see that cartoon.
I’ve been using these Homepage - GopherHawk with good results. Shopping around pays off, they vary wildly in price it seems.
DEFINATELY A POCKET GOPHER. (THE BANE OF MY EXISTANCE). THEY PUSH ALL THE ROCKS OUT OF THEIR TUNNELS AND THEN YOU FIND AN EXCAVATED “VOLCANO” OF SOIL, SURROUNDED BY ROCKS. BUT SOON, THEY ARE TUNNELING BENEATH YOUR PLANTS AND EATING THE ROOTS, SO THAT THE NEXT DAY THE PLANT IS WILTED OR, WORSR, IT’S DEAD OR GONE - PULLED UNDERGROUND FOR THE FAMILY DINNER! GRRR! Botta's pocket gopher - Wikipedia