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Jul 15, 2020 - 9:39:26 AM
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Anybody else in the habit of watching the raccoon whisperer???? I found myself having to watch his videos just to relax enough and wind down to go to bed at night. I know the names and personalities of his raccoons and somehow it's just a neat thing to watch. Also, the guy, Jim, is a musician...saw one video of him playing the daylights out of a keyboard and doing some really good blues singing with it. I really enjoy his nightly videos.

youtube.com/user/vjamb

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:00:52 PM

2048 posts since 10/22/2007

Raccoons cost me a lot of money in cat food. And they get mean. I can't believe this guy hasn't been bitten.
On the other hand, was coming in after chores, and who was crunching with the cats but the cutest little opossum i've ever seen. Just one of the kittens.

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:14:55 PM

8715 posts since 3/19/2009

Recently, A masked animal (raccoon)( at least he wore a mask) got into my goldfish pond..In the morning I saw that the deck was all wet and there were multicolored scales all around.. I set up a trap using cat food for bait..The next night I caught the culprit... I took him 9---NINE miles away and dropped him off by a lake. When I got back home.. He was there, waiting for me.. !! OK, that is a joke.. He hasn't come back..yet.. It is sad that he had to be removed because in a new territory, he won't be welcomed by local raccoons.. but what should I have done?? Kill him?? I couldn't just release him on my property because he'd just get into the pond over and over..Personally, I'm more of a skunk whisperer...Also, dogs.. I'm a good dog trainer....

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 07/15/2020 13:16:05

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:31:55 PM

DougD

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9768 posts since 12/2/2007

Skunk whispering would seem to allow little room for error. Or what if the skunk just takes something the wrong way?
Latest cat food thieves around here are a couple of blue jays who just hop around and grab pieces of food. Seems like one big peaceable kingdom out there.

Jul 15, 2020 - 2:59:29 PM
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My neighbor is the skunk whisperer. He claims skunks don't want to spray. He was lucky enough to have passive skunks. Skunks here are agressive, threatning, and defensive. Thank goodness, they bug out before Sun-up.

Edited by - farmerjones on 07/15/2020 15:00:14

Jul 15, 2020 - 3:10:49 PM

8715 posts since 3/19/2009

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My neighbor is the skunk whisperer. He claims skunks don't want to spray. He was lucky enough to have passive skunks. Skunks here are agressive, threatning, and defensive. Thank goodness, they bug out before Sun-up.


Skunks Don't want to spray.. I always approach the trap from behind holding a large tarp in front of me.. They only see the tarp.. When the trap is opened, they just mozy off.  I've never been sprayed.. At one time I'd remove skunks, but these days, I just 'catch and release''.. All they do is dig holes.. I can live with that..Having said that.. a skunk in a live trap will tear up the ground trying to get out.. 

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 07/15/2020 15:11:36

Jul 15, 2020 - 4:03:04 PM
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DougD

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9768 posts since 12/2/2007

If this link works it will take you to a photograph of the great storyteller Ray Hicks as a young man with his pet groundhog: sites.duke.edu/ncfolkjourney/f...8x970.jpg

Jul 15, 2020 - 5:51:09 PM
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This summer since we are in isolation I thought I'd hand raise a starling.. My wife put a stop to that idea........Speaking of raccoons, many years ago I made a hat  from a road killed raccoon.. Got my photo in the local paper..For almost TWO years, (NOT exaggerating like usual) hardly a week went by when someone didn't mention that photo.. Finally about ten years later I met a guy in a distant gas station.. He looked at me, thought for a second and said, "Hey! You're the guy with the Hat!!".. I swear.. I had that hat until just last year when the moths got the best of it..  OH, and if you look closely, the ear flaps are made from road killed squirrels..

At that time I had a business. Someone suggested that I put on a suit and have a formal  portrait taken to promote myself in the newspaper.. I did.. Virtually NO results, but I'm still thinking.. that if I had had that photo of me in that hat... I'd have gotten rich..


 

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Jul 15, 2020 - 7:13:42 PM
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Well, I know raccoons are meaner than...well, they're just mean. If you know what I MEAN. We had constant problems with them when we had chickens, and they're all over around here because they capture them from people's houses and bring them here at the edge of the woods to turn them loose...guess what...they're hungry and they ain't too nice about it. Can't grow corn around here either...they will eat it all just before it's ripe enough to pick. But, you know...when i see their nicer side on the whisperer's videos...I do actually love them...they're not all bad I guess.
This guy, Jim, had on one of his videos that it was his wife that had started feeding them on their deck like that...she got sick and as she was dying, she pleaded with him to continue taking care of her raccooons that came up every night out of the woods to eat. He promised her, and he says he's been doing it for I think around 10 years or something like that.

We have critter problems galore where we live...foxes, raccoons, skunks...even the crows come and opem up the mailboxes and throw everybody's mail around sometimes. Squirrels in the bird feeders...Mike used to go out there and scream and throw stuff to run them off...he loves feeding the birds and they eat up all the food in a few minutes, you know. But then one day it happened...he went out there yelling, and a squirrel, I think she was a new mommy squirrel...she didn't run or flinch, she just looked at him in the eye with a true look of appreciation for helping her little squirrel family. That got him...now he feels guilty if he yells at them. They come up and look in the window and I run out with a handful of whatever I've got for them...throw it out and they are free to eat it and live in peace with our birds too. I was giving them butternut squash ends and innards and they've managed to start us up a butternut squash patch...so there...they're nice squirrels.  When I was growing up, squirrel was my favorite meal.  At this point...I don't know...lol.  I guess if I got hungry I'd eat them, but I can't stand the thought it when I watch the ones we have now.

But if you try to have chickens around here, you have to trap raccoons about every night. We moved them to the woods by the river. You just about need that electric poultry fencing they've got now to keep chickens alive around here. The foxes take what the raccoons leave behind.

Yes, I also feed the groundhogs. Fortunately, our fencing does keep most critters out of enough of our garden areas so that we get enough for us. We were gonna get chickens but that's kinda on hold for now. I hope I can afford the electric poultry fence before we end up with chickens again.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 07/15/2020 19:16:10

Jul 16, 2020 - 4:02:59 AM
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My wife at one time lived in a house in the woods.. Lots of Raccoons. SHe hired a professional pest control company to trap and remove them.. After several nights and 25 raccoons trapped, the company trapper hold her, "They win."......He didn't come back....

Jul 16, 2020 - 4:36:21 AM

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Yeah they always do win...lol.

Jul 16, 2020 - 11:09:52 AM

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You can find raccoon attacks on youtube too...ain't a pretty thing at all. Not to mention around these parts they can potentially carry rabies without even being sick, themselves. The Raccoon Whisperer says they don't have rabies way up north in his area of Canada.

Jul 16, 2020 - 11:36:03 AM

4847 posts since 9/26/2008

When I used to trap, I had to carry a .22 pistol to dispatch the raccoons. They almost never drowned in the trap sets like the muskrats would, and the stick I used to dispatch the muskrats only made the raccoons mad.
Once I caught a badger in a fox trap (dry land, set to catch foxes). Boy did that thing make a mess of the area! Dug a perfect 5ft round 18 or so inch hole around the stake keeping the trap in place. Another hour and it would have probably dug deep enough to get the stake out of the ground. Talk about mad, that critter deserves its reputation!

Edited by - ChickenMan on 07/16/2020 11:37:31

Jul 16, 2020 - 11:48:08 AM

8715 posts since 3/19/2009

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When I used to trap, I had to carry a .22 pistol to dispatch the raccoons. They almost never drowned in the trap sets like the muskrats would, and the stick I used to dispatch the muskrats only made the raccoons mad.
Once I caught a badger in a fox trap (dry land, set to catch foxes). Boy did that thing make a mess of the area! Dug a perfect 5ft round 18 or so inch hole around the stake keeping the trap in place. Another hour and it would have probably dug deep enough to get the stake out of the ground. Talk about mad, that critter deserves its reputation!


When I was LEARNING to trap I failed to properly secure a leg trap..caught a skunk.. The skunk dragged itself and the trap to my neighbor's yard and commenced to spray Him.. Of course I took NO blame!!

Jul 16, 2020 - 1:03:25 PM

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...even the crows come and opem up the mailboxes and throw everybody's mail around sometimes. 


Now, this right here is FUNNY--thought I'd seen it all, but not that.

We keep our chickens in a lock-down at night, haven't had any problems except with what we call 'chicken snakes'.  They always find a way in.  Been raided by coyotes in the middle of the day, though, when the chickens are out in the pasture.

We worry more about bears so we are careful with garbage.  See bears along our approach every summer.  Crossing over the gap into 'Booger Holler.'  Neighbor down the road likes to eat them, but I'll stick with beef.

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:15:50 PM
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Funny you should bring it up. I was trying to remember the last time I had to deal with raccoons and it's been about 30 years. It's funny how I never see sign of them any more. I guess they like to stay out of sight here in the woods. Lots of competition for them, too.

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:59:59 PM
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Raccoons are like rats in the nearby college town. I've driven up on no fewer than 7 raccoons of various maturity crossing the street together (night time) from one storm drain imto another. The state park in the next county over is overrun with raccoons that have about a century of collective knowledge of how to exploit the hapless campers. They are master cooler openers (have been seen running off on three legs holding the torn off corner of an egg carton including the egg in its free 'hand'), fearless (I've redirected my headlamp only to find one at my feet under the picnic table gathering crackers that were spilled by her compadre that I just chased into the brush), and numerous, (they roam the park in packs). We tent camped there twice at the hike in area. Never again. Even when the food is packed away, they still molest your stuff looking. Found a nice county park with clean facilities about 14 miles from our front door. The only racoon interaction we've had in 6 years was a momma and several young'ns. She tried to take a dish sponge while we were still awake. The babes stayed in the underbrush.
Oh, and I baked some bread that I forgot to pack up. The next morning the loaf was about 15 yards into the weeds and was about 1/3 gone. :-D

Edited by - ChickenMan on 07/16/2020 15:02:10

Jul 16, 2020 - 3:33:42 PM

8715 posts since 3/19/2009

THIS documentary is very well done.. I've watched it three times.. You'll enjoy it also..Teaches a lot about how raccoons operate in cities..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OdPSk4JzfI

Jul 16, 2020 - 7:53:35 PM

193 posts since 6/11/2019

Perhaps those with coon problems should start running hounds. It's a fine social tradition to sit around a fire at night, telling stories, drinking White Mule and Coke and listening for the hounds to call 'treed.' An even finer sport is fox hunting, where the hounds match wits with a conniving fox that doesn't naturally tree. Along with the opportunity for listening to the voicing all night--and more imbibing, etc.

Jul 17, 2020 - 5:52:22 AM

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There used to be a lot of that kind of "coon huntin'" back in SE KY. I don't know of people doing that around here. There were old timers who said they used to eat the coons...really hunt them and eat them...taste like dark turkey meat according to what I've heard. Not interested...lol. I think I was born to be a vegan, but when I went vegan is when I developed a buncha food allergies...so...maybe I should just go for it and eat the raccoons...lol...there's plenty to choose from.

Jul 18, 2020 - 10:34:12 AM
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I haven't seen coons or evidence in quite a while, but I went into my storage shed this morning and saw something out of place. Then I saw a white, bushy tail sticking out from under a tiller. Then the head came out on the other side and looked at me. Lots of white with a little black. Obviously a skunk that didn't seem upset. I went to get a camera and it moved. I soon saw the tail again, sticking out from under a push lawn mower. I may have a new pet.

Jul 18, 2020 - 11:14:06 AM

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I haven't seen coons or evidence in quite a while, but I went into my storage shed this morning and saw something out of place. Then I saw a white, bushy tail sticking out from under a tiller. Then the head came out on the other side and looked at me. Lots of white with a little black. Obviously a skunk that didn't seem upset. I went to get a camera and it moved. I soon saw the tail again, sticking out from under a push lawn mower. I may have a new pet.


One of my neighbors sets out cat food at night to feed skunks and Opossums..

Jul 18, 2020 - 12:20:21 PM
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I would be willing to do that, except for the likelihood that it would attract bears. The reason I had to quit feeding birds.

Jul 18, 2020 - 12:45:51 PM

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I'd be pretty scared of bears. There've only been occasional sightings of them anywhere I've ever lived...I've never actually experienced seeing a bear for myself...can't imagine. I wouldn't be feeding anything if we had bears coming around.

The raccoon whisperer had a bear visit while filming one night...lol...boy did he jump up. Now he keeps the hose handy in case the bear returns.

Jul 18, 2020 - 3:31:31 PM

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Update: I now have a whole family of skunks, at least five with the young ones half grown but still nursing. I startled them, so they all went under the push mower to hide. They seem friendly enough so far, but I hope they leave before I have to use the big mower. They might not like the sound.

I've seen a couple of bears, but mostly their damage. One climbed my deck (12 feet up) and knocked my best feeder off the rail, hanger and all. They come mostly at night.

Jul 18, 2020 - 3:59:28 PM

169 posts since 4/15/2019

Raccoons come at night and drink the juice from my wife's humming bird feeders! They hold it in there front paws and tip it up. She has to bring the feeder in every night now!

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