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Our Wildlife Companions #26: Another Visitor

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 06-03-2011 04:18 PM 1510 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: A Solution in the Garden? Part 26 of Our Wildlife Companions series Part 27: and it's only 7:30 AM »

June 3/11

Today, after an outing with baby Aaron and a little garden work, I was relaxing on the deck (at about 4:30 PM) and I looked across the back lawn and saw a raccoon heading my way!

By the time I got inside and grabbed the camera (shutting the door behind me) the raccoon was on our deck checking out the treasures. While snacking on something he had found, I took pictures and he looked at me whenever the camera went off. We were probably no more than a foot away from each other, separated by the door.

This is about six raccoons that have been around our little neighbourhood of three houses in the past month or so, coming out in the daytime and not afraid of people. This guy’s tail looked a little raggedy but other than that, no symptoms of illness that I could see. What is going on ??

Anyway, here’s one of the pictures I took

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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jroot

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posted 06-03-2011 08:02 PM

You and Rick will just have to stop dropping those peanuts on the deck. LOL

Seriously, was it a big one or a young ‘un?

You might have to consider trapping.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 06-03-2011 08:09 PM

With a face like that how could you not love him?! He is so-o cute!

On a more realistic note, MsDeb, if you plan to harvest any sweet corn this year, you know you are going to have to do ‘something’ about that little cutie.

BTW, a great photo. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 06-04-2011 03:38 AM

Wow, what a gr8 picture…he’s so adorable!!
Sandra :)

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posted 06-04-2011 04:12 AM

yah, cute face .. but we should not be seeing raccoons in the middle of the day—and definitely not more than on one occasion. There is something “wrong” going on. Just don’t know what it is.

This guy wasn’t that big, kind of skinny for a raccoon, and the tail was scraggly looking.

Being in the country, we expect to have night-time visitors on a regular basis so trapping would just be an endless “success” story, night after night. (When my Mom lived here she had Rick set out the trap. Every night we had a raccoon or a skunk inside. Rick just stopped putting it out.)

Hopefully the crops that are around will entice the raccoons to eat there first so our veggies will be left untouched. Oh how I can dream!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-04-2011 08:26 AM

It is strange that they are coming out in the daytime Debbie.They must be really hungry because crops are so far behind this year.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-04-2011 09:22 AM

There should be enough stuff available for them now.
That was our thought at the first raccoon visit but there are enough “wild” plants to feed the critters.

I’ve never seen anything like this before.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-06-2011 10:01 AM

Debbie, thanks for this beautiful picture of the raccoon. Don’t you have a pet dog? It should have detected the presence of the raccoons.
My response is late as I was busy watching the French Open.

Sharad

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posted 06-06-2011 10:55 AM

i dont think i’ve ever seen a racoon like that in the daytime… cute yes, but kinda freakin me out that they are literally running up to your porch…

-- ~Many hands make light work~

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Iris43

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posted 06-06-2011 11:46 AM

A friend of mine(who only lurks on GT) has had a problem with racoons destorying her birdfeeders. So she put out a live animal trap…...and caught a skunk! She told me I should caution others re. the possiblity of not always catching what you set out to catch. :)

Also she told me there had been an outbreak of distemper amongst our racoon population last year. I thought I’d mention this bc MsDeb noted the little racoon did not look in good health.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 06-06-2011 01:33 PM

the two neighbouring dogs have already taken care of two raccoons… the hunters in our families have gotten two and then, counting this one, there have been two more sightings. All in the daytime. All right be the houses.

I thought distemper as well. This last one didn’t act strange (other than the fact that it came up to the house in the middle of the day. I “looked” scraggly.

When my Mom wanted Rick to catch the varmint that was coming onto our porch (several years ago—visiting during the night) he caught two skunks or was it three. And we’d hear the trap go off. One time we looked out and the skunk was visited by his dear friends, a couple of raccoons. They had a nice visit before the raccoons went on their way.

I live in the country. I expect to have night-time visitors.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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