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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pesky Little Scamp by Balisha

Pesky little scamp..visiting my house...
Drinking from the feeder... quiet as a mouse.
The feeder hanging on the porch was empty when we woke...
Your little precious neck....I really wished to choke.
You met your fate on Monday, when you visited next door...
While sitting at the table hoping for some more.
You smelled the peanut butter and followed to the trap..
You hardly knew what happened...when the big door just went snap.
Barry put you in his truck and took you for a ride..
To a place for you to run and play and maybe even hide.
I hope for you a second chance.. at life without much danger..
But I do wish for my sake that you remain a stranger.

We heard about our neighbors  having trouble with raccoons too. Joe went over and talked to them and found out that they had removed 7 raccoons from their yard this year and this one made 8. He has a trap that is safe for the animal, so he traps them and turns them loose in a forest preserve. He went on to tell the story of what we think is our raccoon...He heard a noise and looked out at the deck and there was a raccoon sitting at the table like he was ordering a meal. So, he fixed up the trap with peanut butter and a trail of peanuts into the trap and caught the big guy. Now, I know that this is frowned upon by some people...separating raccoon families and so on, but when they are destructive and really a danger to kids playing in our neighborhood I guess it's the raccoon or the kid's safety. What if a child were playing ball and the ball rolled into some bushes and a raccoon was hiding in there...I'm sure the frightened raccoon would bite. So, last night we left the feeder out and it was untouched this morning, so I guess our scamp is gone. 


Barbee' said...

I truly understand the problem and the dilemma. Last summer the trapper I hired took away 20 of the little rascals (some not so little). One has been taken this spring already, along with 5 fully grown ground hogs. Then a few days ago I noticed cute little muddy hand-prints on the side of my Green Cone Composter (trade-name). Also, little scratch marks next to the lock on the lid. Don't know if they are from teeth or claws, but someone is back and they are clever!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I love to read the little poems you compose in reference to the happenings in your daily life. Racoons are cute..but..not healthy to little doggies that like to run outside at night and bark..and bark. I am always afraid she will surprise one and get hurt. They can be dangerous..and our back yard is part of their nightly route. So..I am watchful and go out with little Mele for her last potty call of the day..

How are you and Joe, Balisha. "Balisha"...how on earth did he come up with that name. It's different ...but for me..you are Balisha on your blog. :)

Balisha said...

He rhymes all names...so I am Balisha-Patricia. I am so used to being called that name...it's almost my own.
Your little Mele is such a beautiful dog. I think that I would just sit and hold her all day long.

Lona said...

Those pesky things. They are here too and keep tearing down my bird feeders and upsetting my flowerpots. No one hunts them around here anymore so they are really out of control. I hope your garden is safe now. LOL!

Betty Sneeringer said...

Those bandits can be very aggravating! And, intimidating! I got a picture of one, a very large one hanging by all fours from my metal bird feeder in broad daylight close to the house. You are very good with rhyming verses!Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comments.

Pat said...

It's good that you were able to have them removed from your neighborhood. Haven't seen any this year but I'm always afraid one may be outside when I let Lucy out at night.

judemiller1 said...

Nice to take them somewhere natural--my Dad would have just shot them dead! He had a wood chuck problem and that is how he took care of it. It is against the law here to trap and then release on another property, so---

Balisha said...

I'll respond to all the comments here. We read about the racoons carrying round worms, and rabies etc. The raccoons were doing some simple damage, but if we did nothing they might have chewed into our roof, or another part of our house. They can be nasty if they are cornered.We have a lot of kids in our neighborhood and they are a danger to kids. We live in a more rural area and it isn't illegal to trap them here. It is the most humane way to take care of this animal.I really think that raccoons are getting so used to living with people around that they come out during the day even to feed.It would be really hard for me to hear of them being shot...so I think our neighbor did the right thing.

Sue said...

I saw a young raccoon and a skunk during the daylight last week and I don't want either one around! The next door neighbor said he sees them all of the time. I had a big ol' groundhog in the garden a few weeks ago, too. Guess they're coming from the natural park area behind us- but I wonder why I've never seen them in the past 12 years we've lived here. IMHO, trapping is a humane way to get them out of the neighborhood.