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BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...

Bobert 25 Jul 07 - 07:40 PM
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Subject: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Bobert
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 07:40 PM

Well, well, well...

This is one for Ripley's Beleive it or Not but...

We've been havin' lot's ot racoon diggin' at night in the gardens and have been using a live trap to catch 'um and relocate 'um...

Lat night the trap closed shut 'bout 10:00... I went out and saw what looked like a racoon but when I went to collect him/her this mornin' there was a mom and two kids in the trap???

Yeah, I took a piccure on my ol' Pentex film camera for any disbeleivers...

Yeah, the 3 of 'um were a hit all mornin' with everyone but tonight they are livin' over on the Massanuttn Mountain and not messin' in my garden...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Sorcha
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 07:52 PM

Amazing! They must have all gone in at once, or momma held the door open! LOL! At least you are smart enough not to keep a kit for a pet!


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: cookster
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 08:20 PM

I can't beleive that!!Sorcha I'm sorry!!


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Bobert
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 08:26 PM

Had a bud who had one roamin' 'round his house... He was a pest... You couldn't sit down anywhere in the house and not have the sumagun in yer lap and then in yer shirt pocket messin' with yer stuff... You couldn't put hij down 'er he'd bite you... All you could do is stand up and have the pest work his way down ya...

Cats an' dogs is pets... Racoons is pests...


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 08:29 PM

Some years ago while traveling through Maine we bough a lobster trip to be used in decorating one our rooms in a nautical theme. At our home in Michigan I set the lobster outside our garage. Next morning, to my surprise, there was an unhappy cat caught in the lobster trap. If you've never tried it getting a cat out of a lobster trap isn't all that easy. I thought this was a very weird coincident ~ nor picture or anything.
        Next morning there was another (different) cat caught in the trap. After the third cat I scrubbed down the lobster trap and stored it inside the garage. Must have been the fishy smell that attracted the cat. The third cat put up one heck of a fight.   
        The incident got me to wondering about how many cats get caught in lobster traps out in Maine? There were stacks and stack of lobster traps around the seashore villages.

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Bobert
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 09:03 PM

Where's Kendall??? Not only can he tell you how many pussies he can catch witha lobster trap but probably make up an entertaining story to go along...


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Cluin
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 09:20 PM

Mebbe she done borned them coon kitties in thar.


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Rapparee
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 09:24 PM

They musta been some crowded in that trap, Bobert.

You shoulda just grinned 'em outa the tree like Davy Crockett said he did.


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Bobert
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 09:26 PM

Nah, they too big, Cliun, but...

... danged good thinkin'... I woulda thought of that one myself 'cept that the kids is 'bout as big as mama...


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 10:03 PM

My kitty Freddy visits the neighbors traps and climbs them but never enters. He is a pretty smart cat.


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 10:05 PM

Are you going to put the picture on the net?


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 10:15 PM

Bobert-

Sometimes the Mother raccoon holds the trap open by arching her back while the young ones scramble in for the goodies. However, yours may not have been experienced in dealing with such traps. But you can bet she'll do better in the future.

How many miles did you take them?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Crystal
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 08:20 AM

Humane traps are great! Until you get a creature who works out how to beat them!
We had a hamster who was always escaping, so we got some mammal traps as a way of recapturing her when she went under the floorboards.
All went well the first two times it happened and Tully was captured speedly and safely. The third time (This was the houdini of the hamster world, she escaped about once a month!) the trap was tripped, and empty, as in none of the bait was left in! Uh-Oh we thought, we've got mice! No, the traps were consistantly emptied and we finally caught the hamster by pure luck.
So we put baited trap on table, and hamster down next to it.
She looks at the trap, sniffs the enterance and wriggles inside leaving small, fat furry bottom outside. From the inside are busy sounds of hamster removing as much grub as possible and then she wriggled out, having emptied the trap and left it shut behind her.
She aquired a few new names after that, and her cage acquired a padlock (which made no difference at all!).

I'm guessing Racoons are probably smarter than hamsters so they will inevitably figure out a way of beating the system!


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Sorcha
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 08:53 AM

Charley, probably not enough miles!


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 09:22 AM

I've probably mentioned this story of our pet raccoon several times already but maybe there are a few new people lurking about on this thread. Here's the current version:

We had overnight guests on our family farm in Maine and our parents had a pleasant evening entertaining them. Then my brother and I had introduced them to our half-grown pet raccoon. They were polite but not particularly enthusiastic about his attempts to amuse them. The raccoon's feelings were obviously hurt and we were somewhat puzzled by their reaction as well.

My brother and I decided that they needed more quality time with the raccoon. The raccoon was in full agreement. Early next morning we phased into their bedroom, lifted up the coverings at the foot of their bed and inserted stealth raccoon and withdrew. We were almost immediately gratified by two horrific screams.

Our guests were not amused. Neither were our parents.

My brother and I still chuckle over our prank.

The raccoon's great grandchildren are probably still telling the story to their children.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 11:05 AM

Our hamster had a mouse frined who join her in the cage. Occasionally she would go walkies with him. No babies though.


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Becca72
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 11:12 AM

Our cats here in Maine know better than to climb in, Capt'. Well, most of 'em anyway


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Bobert
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 12:36 PM

WeeLittle...

I don't know about puttin' the piccure on the web since I took the piccure with my trusty 40 year old Honeywell Pentex on real film but if there's anyone who has a scanner and wants to put it up, I'd be more than willin' to send 'um a copy of the piccure when it get's developed...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: PoppaGator
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 01:21 PM

Since Katrina, our formerly urban neighborhood in New Orleans has become home to all kindsa wildlife. There have been sightings of coyotes and wild boars in City Park, and racoons are currently much thicker on the grouned than squirrels, even in fairly well repopulated areas like our neighborhood.

We've had a pair of coons (or more) living nearby for quite a while. We rarely see more than one at a time, but they come in two sizes, one almost twice as big as the other, so we figure it's safe to assume there are male and female, at least one of each.

Last night, my wife spotted a much smaller one on the back deck. Looks like a new generation has arrived...


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Greg B
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 01:40 PM

Heck, just put the lobster trap into the water.

Two birds with one proverbial.

The trap is well-baited, and the cat will put up very little
resistance to being removed.

And you might catch your dinner.


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: HouseCat
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 03:51 PM

As a child I had a pet raccon that my Dad found when it was very wee and brought home to me in the breast pocket of his coveralls. Prissy grew enormous and sleek due to her frequent and generous meals and snacks. She mostly stayed in the house with my Mom during the day but was put into a rabbit hutch at night because she wouldn't let us sleep. One night, a very fine-looking suitor arrived at the hutch and began to sing to her in what I'm sure was a lovely voice for a raccoon. He continued his Night Visiting Songs for another week until alas...we awoke one morning to find that they'd eloped.


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 04:25 PM

HouseCat-

Raccoons do sing, a kind of trilling, modulating up and down the scale.

Might be interesting to train a group of them to do harmony.

We could name the band "Rocky & His Friends."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Hollowfox
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 04:51 PM

Folks, I'm sure Bobert knows that you have to move the captured raccoon more than five miles from your house if you don't want a return guest.
I have to do a bit of seasonal raccoon relocation as well. I swear that somewhere on the property there's a little brass plaque with four or five crossed forks on it; the creatures love my place and tell their friends and great grandkits about it. When I have to relocate the beastie, I put 'em, trap and all in the back of my minivan and make an early morning trip through the back roads of the local farmland with the back speakers blaring the local university radio station (National Public Radio). That way, they usually get news broadcasts about government scandals, but once they got some modern music that rsembeled the soundtrack from some Stalin-era factory propaganda film. By the time I find some spot with good raccoon food potential that's as far away from houses as I can manage, they've probably got a splitting headache, and never want to hear the human voice again. then I tip them out with a stiff warning and slink off before somebody catches me.


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Bobert
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 09:02 PM

Yeah, H-Fox...

It is against the law to move 'um... Stupid law... Yeah, I can trap the poor things and blow their heads off with a 12 guage shotgun... That uis perfectly legal but to actaully relocate them is a no, no...

BTW, the Mom and kids are now 19 miles away... Water and food sources are probably better where they are than they ever were here since we butt up to the National Park where hunting is forbidden so all the critters have to fight with all the others for food...

Dumb policies on both counts...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 11:43 AM

well its good that you trapped them all, other than just the mom.
otherwise the kits probably starve..
But having evicted a raccoon from my roof a few weeks ago I find I have little sympathy for them - I had to replace all my wiring in 2 bedrooms with armored wiring after it shorted out and I found foot long sections were the loomex was chewed to bare wire. (although that may have been done by a squirrel..)

but were were lucky the house didnt burn down.. Of course they love our yard, as we have a vegetable garden, grapevine & fig tree. and water..
a regular oasis in the middle of the city.


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 Jul 07 - 06:53 AM

I'm not sure how its done but I've got a scanner, I could have a go. The only thing is, I live in England - if the postage doesn't bother you. I'll have a shot. sounds like an interesting picture

al


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Subject: RE: BS: 1 Trap, 3 Racoons... No kiddin'...
From: robomatic
Date: 28 Jul 07 - 02:27 PM

I came home for lunch two days ago and did some puttering around while the hot dog was roasting. There was a funny noise coming from somewhere, sounded like the house was settling in parts where it should have long ago settled or will resettle only during the next big quake. It seemed to be coming from the chimney.

I finally realized it must be a squirrel in there, trapped above the damper.

So I got out my ladder, went up to the roof, dropped a rope down the chimney held by a fishing rod across the top, and went back to work.

Turned out most folks there have a squirrel story. One guy had one get into the rafters and drop down into a wall well. Reluctant to have it die in there, he rented a human trap and drilled a hole in the wall, captured TWO squirrels and then realized he had a recurring problem, which made him resort to rat traps. The squirrels learned to steer clear.

When I returned home, the noise was gone. I've had limited problems with squirrels over the years, so no rat traps for me.


Yet.


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