Michael Gmoser of the Butler County, Ohio, prosecutor's office said the groundhog, which is called on each Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, Pa., to predict the start of spring, "did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause people to believe that spring would come early," CNN reported Friday.
I woke up this morning and the wind was blowing, the snow was flying, the temperatures were falling, and I said 'Punxsutawney, you let us down,'" Gmoser told CNN.
John Griffiths, one of Phil's handlers, defended the groundhog's predictions.
"If you remember two weeks ago on a Sunday, it was probably 60, 65 degrees," he said. "So, I mean, that basically counts as an early spring."
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