Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Raccoon Redux

We returned from a trip to North Carolina, and found our cutest nightmare.

A raccoon kit perhaps a couple of months old, likely born in our front garden, maybe to the raccoon we found a few weeks ago.  Irresistibly round and fuzzy, a little unsteady in his climbing, with a sweet scared face. No Mama in sight.

If he finds enough to eat and isn't eaten himself by the foxes and coyotes, he'll be habituated to our place.

Every night as darkness falls we'll race to rescue our hanging feeders before he breaks and disembowels them of seed.  He'll eat the lizards that live in the rocks, the frogs that live by the porch and the eggs of the cardinals, chickadees, titmice, buntings, tanagers and more that nest here.

Then if he is actually a she, in about a year more fuzzy babies will appear. They'll grow up with common-law ownership of our gardens, our neighbors' acres and everything else for about a square mile.


But today, he's the cutest thing you've ever seen and I can't bring myself to hope he doesn't make it. 

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  1. Kathleen
    Would that we all could be so blessed! Much nicer than to have daily visits from 40-lb turkeys landing on our new fence to get a drink from the pool! The saga continues...

  2. Great photos and story, Kathleen! Glad your critters are not in our yard as they'd be feasting on our garden right now. As it is, we contend with voles that have munched away on our root crops (carrots, beets) and the roots of some veggies. Brown thrashers are helping to manage the insect population but we still get some "holy" leaves on our chard and other greens. I remind myself that they all need to eat, and we have plenty enough to go around.

  3. What a conflict because, hey, who isn't rooting for the orphaned kit to survive, especially with such a sweet little face.

    As you mention with the deer though, these particular critters are so "paws-on", assuming shared ownership of anything that might offer a bite to eat. And, raccoons share parasites with us that are even less welcome visitors in a garden. 'Tis a dilemma for sure.

  4. Great photos, as usual! I fully understand your mixed feelings about this cute little guy. On the night we moved into a new house in NYS, a mother raccoon and two or three kits caused a ruckus, banging and scratching at our front door. They tried to get in when I opened it, so they weren't afraid of us. I decided we probably had moved into what used to be THEIR home, and they wanted us out. I shooed them away and never saw them again.

  5. Cute nightmare, indeed.

    Raccoons are really destructive. And, they are really cute....just like deer.

    I guess that's what we get, choosing to live out with the wildlife.

    Good luck......

  6. WHy is it we just adore that cute face but don't feel likewise about their antics?

  7. Hi Kathleen,
    We quite frequently have those guests, as our garage is open and we feed our kitties and doggies there and we cannot always secure their leftover food in the evenings. That, of course, is an invitation for raccoons.
    I have heard that one could possibly trap themn and then take them quite a distance away and set them free again. Do you think that would help you?
    Best regards from Karnes City,


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