Pocket gopher issues along with rodents digging up your yard or playfield can lead to injuries. The kids or adult are running and step in a hole breaking ankles or wrists in the effort to have fun. Not so much fun in the Urgent Care or hospital.
Pocket Gophers generally plug the opening while rats and other vermin don’t – so seeing the picture if can easily identify it as a pocket gopher. They tend to remain in their burrows only coming above ground in an emergency. If their den was flooded or snakes are invading then they probably will do what they have to to escape.