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June 19, 2014 at 7:47 am #611720
Just a heads up and reminder to be careful with your cats or small dogs being outside at night. I’ve seen a pack of raccoons (one or two VERY large) roaming around the yards and streets around our neighborhood at night (around 35th and Dakota/Charlestown). I know there are a lot of cats out at night in the area too, so be mindful!June 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm #809907
I love them critters So cute. I always feed them when they come around and they’ve nested in my neighborhs tree I think.June 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm #809908June 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm #809909
Alki, at least put the food in a cage so you can trap them. Then drown them by sinking the cage into a water-filled garbage can. Brutal, but word on the street is that when you drown you actually go into a weird dream-like state – which is far better than getting your brains blown out by a pellet gun.
Too many of those bandits around – we need to “thin the herd”. (Cue up the “they were here first” – “can’t we all just get along” – “we invaded their habitat!” – “they are smarter than you think” – whiners).
You should see how many there are in Toronto – saw a great show on the critters the other night.June 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm #809910June 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm #809911
Maybe we should have a Thunderdome type arena where we put in all the off-leashed dogs and the racoons.
That would be epic.June 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm #809912
I am shocked that you are choosing to encourage the raccoon by feeding them.
Not condoning drowning or shooting them, but certainly not encouraging feeding the wild animals.
There are lots of pets in our neighborhood and I would be wary of creating more of a territory fight then there already is.June 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm #809913
fellas.. you are missing a great opportunity..
if you put the off leash dogs in a thunderdome their owners will only purchase more dogs
putting the owners of off leash dogs in the thunderdome might be effective though ;->June 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm #809914June 19, 2014 at 4:18 pm #809915
I like that, JoB!
We could even expand it to four “teams”.
Off-leash dog owners vs Non-poop-picker-uppers
Vs the Winner of:
Raccoons vs Crows
Whoever wins the “overpopulated animal bracket” will destroy the winner of the “I’mcoolerthanyousobuggeroff” bracket.
jmhoJune 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm #809916June 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm #809917June 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm #809918
Raccoons are all fine and dandy until one gives birth to a litter under your deck by squeezing through a 2″x4″ gap that nobody thought would fit a raccoon. Then when you try to go outside, she attacks you in a growling, snarling fit of rage, trying to come through the bottom of the deck to kill you for being near her babies. Animal Control advised us to “give it four weeks and she’ll leave the nest when they do.” Meanwhile it was cherry harvesting season. No can do.
End result, bought a GALLON of male raccoon urine on the internet. $30 later, and one PO’d UPS delivery guy (that stuff REEKED for dozens of feet away from the wrapped and sealed box holding the sealed container!) – sprinkled the foul scent around the perimeter of the yard, and she moved to our neighbors house. Loaned them some of the same urine and she moved her nest to an empty lot. Everyone wins. Still have nearly-full gallon of male raccoon urine on my deck. You only need a few drops. We repeat application once a year or so, and that seems to keep them away nicely.June 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm #809919June 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm #809920
i am trying to imagine myself handling male raccoon urine
nope.. i don’t think i can go thereJune 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm #809921
thank you all…esp. Smitty…for a really good laugh this afternoon…I so really needed this :DJune 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm #809922June 19, 2014 at 11:45 pm #809923
heck with that raccoon urine get some cougar urine they will move on… or you will attract some young men wait not that type of cougar lol the four legged type……lmaoJune 20, 2014 at 12:42 am #809924
can’t see myself handling cougar urine either
but.. gee.. thanks for the great advice ;->June 20, 2014 at 3:47 pm #809925
Triple layers of gloves, a pipette and some Vick’s Vapor-rub under the nose to keep the gag-a-maggot smell to minimum. It’s NOT a fun job. At all. But once you’ve been threatened by a female raccoon protecting a nest, you’d do damned near anything to get her to go away and stay away.
Another option is to invite male friends and family over, supply beer, and have a “pee around the perimeter of the yard” party. That also works, and is only marginally less disgusting, but could potentially alienate neighbors who don’t know the circumstances. ;-)
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