Tell us your raccoon and other ornery varmint stories

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  1. MrAstro

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    I love watching raccoons and other critters on shows like Turtleman :). We don't have them around my parts.

    I also love seeing pictures of them and hearing stories about them. Yeah I know they cause havoc sometimes which is a bit sad...
     
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    No racoons here so no stories, but they seem to be a cute pet where they're not vermin. :)

    And they purr!

     
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    Haha - so cute!
     
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    I was fishing on the banks of the Bow River in Alberta. I saw a beaver swim by me about 30 feet out from the shoreline. "I got a pretty good look at him!", I thought.

    About 20 minutes later it turned around and was headed back my way except about 2 feet from the shoreline where I was standing. I kept perfectly still and it kept approaching, following along the shoreline...

    When the beaver was literally at my feet, I decided to try to poke it with my rod. The instant I moved, it dove under and smacked its tail so hard on the water that I was actually impressively wet from the splash its tail created.

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of how I got wet when I tried to spank a beaver with my rod.
     
  5. MrAstro

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    Hey - Nice beaver story! (to quote the great Leslie Nielsen) :) and the pun at the end was suitably terrible :p
     
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    Raccoons have been around here since they were pups. Only seeing one now and he's still fully nocturnal.
    Opossums are used to us too and come scrounging for leftover cat food outside.

    My Parsons Russell Terrier has learned to keep her distance even if she does bully them a bit sometimes.
    Cats walk right past them or jump up on the deck rail depending on confidence.

    Haven't seen the bears yet this year.
     
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    One of my better shots

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    Carver is a trip to watch. He's keeping an eye out for cats, but reminds me of some people
    I've dealt with too :)

     
  8. MrAstro

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    Wow there's a few of them isn't there!

    The Carver is really excellent - he's a bit like one of our Kingfishers but more animated.
     
  9. FFTT

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    Have a bunch of Cardinals and other critters in the same playlist.
     
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    Does are common, but caught this guy 10 feet outside my front door in the courtyard.

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    I found this monster in my garage a few weeks back. I thought I was a goner. For scale, that's a peanut he's holding -
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    He's a cute little fella - I hope you haven't watched the movie "Mouse Hunt" :)
     
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    Right outside my kitchen window up on the deck raiding cat food.

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    Yikes in NO way is Australia more dangerous. Beautiful animals but to think they are right around the house.
     
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    You guys have scary small critters and seriously bad snakes, not to mention sharks off shore.
     
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    And the drop rat! [​IMG]
     
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    My daughter's Columbian Red Tail Boa is a trip.
    He's harmless, but it still creeps me out if he got loose and met the cats.
    I think he can get up to around 6'.
     
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    I'm not sure pet 'coons are a great idea. YMMV. (Warning NSFW language in the video.)

     
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    my sis & BIL had a pet raccoon when they lived in the sticks. i was used to it but it was fun seeing company pull in who had not met him..they get out of the car and the 'coon breaks out of the weeds & comes running up to meet them. screaming & running for their lives ensues.

    i've recently developed a 'coon problem. one is coming in at night and eating from the bird feeders, tearing hell out of everything in the process. planning on looking for a live trap later today. anyone know a good bait food?
     
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    Yeah, but most of ours aren't insanely poisonous.

    We had a raccoon in our attic once - cats were freaking out before we heard him. Then that night during a windstorm, he got back out again. We put wire mesh over any possible entrances after that.

    A couple years ago someone at work snapped some pics of a couple of coyotes killing a deer. The place I work is about 2300 acres.
    We also had some sort of coyote/feral dog hybrid in town here a while ago, killing small dogs and cats. Eventually someone was able to shoot it.
     

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