Farming forum: bad raccoon!

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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Aug 6, 2014 9:41 AM CST
We have always had trouble with raccoons getting our eggs, chickens, and guineas. But, this last one has been especially sneaky. Doesn't even leave footprints. Well, we finally caught it. It's in a nasty mood, too. We are going 1/2 hour away, and will release it. My apologies to those of you that live there. Rolling my eyes.

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Aug 6, 2014 10:33 AM CST
Hard to tell on the internet

Just making sure you know that is a fox.......just checking.......one never knows
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Aug 6, 2014 10:46 AM CST
Yes it is a young one
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jvdubb
Aug 6, 2014 11:07 AM CST
OK Thumbs up

can't always read sarcasm in a post
Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Aug 6, 2014 1:33 PM CST
You thought I was an idiot, didnt you? Red raccoon? Rolling on the floor laughing
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jvdubb
Aug 6, 2014 1:46 PM CST
Not really! I'm not a regular on the farming forum. So I don't really have a feel for personalities here. I thought perhaps it could just be an accidental typing thing.

I know they are a pain, but it is kinda cute. They don't mean to cause so much trouble.
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OldGardener
Aug 6, 2014 2:51 PM CST
Quite the catch! I set a trap for cottontails (or it may have been for racoon) and came up with this earlier in the year:

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dave
Aug 6, 2014 5:50 PM CST

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Shooting it would be more humane. Sorry to say it, but that's the truth. Relocated animals have a nearly 100% fatality rate, albeit slower and more painful.
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tveguy3
Aug 6, 2014 5:58 PM CST
Dave you beat me to the punch. Relocated animals almost alway die a slow and horrible death. It's much more humane to end their life quickly with a bullet. Sad
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Aug 6, 2014 5:58 PM CST
I thought about that, and decided to give him that chance. Good luck little fox.
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OldGardener
Aug 6, 2014 7:16 PM CST
Our little guy was released back to where he came from (the bottom of the vege garden). As he lives on cottontails and other critters that we are over-run with, we figured that we could use all of the help we could get. (Plus, we had never even seen him prior to that and have never seen him again).

I should have realized that we had a guest when all of the gophers stopped being an issue. I haven't seen a fresh hole in a few years.

Oddly enough, we have always kept poultry and, to date, have not had an issue with our buddy trying to eat them. Perhaps there is enough happening down in the garden that he/she hasn't wandered up the hill?
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Aug 6, 2014 7:47 PM CST
I think all animals will catch what's easiest, and we have all the roosters, and guinea outside a pen. If he would just eat the roosters, I would welcome him. But they stay close to the house, and the guinea wander for 1/4 mile
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OldGardener
Aug 6, 2014 7:59 PM CST
I fully understand. When they are a problem, they have got to go.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Aug 7, 2014 10:48 AM CST
You thought I was an idiot, didnt you? Red raccoon? Rolling on the floor laughing
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OldGardener
Aug 7, 2014 11:29 AM CST
You actually gave me a good laugh. No wonder you did not find any paw prints.
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