Thursday, October 16, 2014

Raccoon's Revenge

Just when I thought it was all over.  Yesterday morning I noticed that the bird netting on top of my chicken pen had been "tampered with".  I also noticed that one of my roosters was gone.  Last night I locked up the boys in their coop and set up the game cam.  Sure enough - a raccoon was on the prowl.  I am fairly certain (based on the photos I have) that this is the first one I caught and released.  Apparently, 5 miles away from TFL was not far enough.  With no way back into the greenhouse, I reckon he figured a chicken dinner was on the menu.  Covered the top of the pen with fencing and modified the trap (just in case he remembers it).  If I catch him tonight, he will go for a very long ride before being released.   If this one or any others show up again - it will be time for some lethal justice.  79,90,45,0,B

16 comments:

Steve said...

Don't know about raccoons, but squirrels will return from up to 15+ miles when caught and released. Their tails were sprayed with paint, so we know for a fact it was the same animals. Might be best just to exercise your second amendment rights in this case. Particularly if they've developed a taste for chicken.

John Wells said...

One more chance is all he gets...after that, raccoons will be "marked" with my .22

Margery Bills said...

Doesn't the Bible say a life for a life. I'm sometimes pretty slow to act. A thief loses his left hand. Raccoons aren't supposed to bother small animals the book said. Maybe 30 miles. Maybe he had a brother. The new Apple iPad will be out the 20th.

Rita B. said...

my, my. i agree with your brand of justice..Get Along or GET OUT.... but i'm really impressed to know there are raccoons out there.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Find a recipe for raccoon. . . You know, like a stew or a raccoon pot pie. . or what ever.

Harry Flashman said...

And here I just bragged on you as an example of kind heartedness to my daughter. She has raccoon's in her attic in Ohio. They have a law that says if a professional trapper comes and catches them the trapper has to kill them. So I ordered her a catch em alive trap from Amazon. I will tell her when she gets the mom and the kits, she will have to drive them a long way from the house.

Rob said...

I had an early 70s edition of "The Joy Of Cooking", it had recipes on game.

Larry G said...

it's all "habitat" to the critter whether it be a racoon or a rattlesnake.. it's the availability of food and whatever else the critter needs to live.

wonder where these guys came from to start with - probably down in that draw area where you have your dam but they moved there or else you would have seen them before now.

surprised the chickens did not complain loudly when threatened...

agree with disposal method but if there's a family the rest will still be visiting..

mike said...

u should have shot both of them.

George Alexander said...

eat em. some taters and coon is on your menu. No one messes with the boys :-)

Ronald Mahan said...

A COON STORY ------------------ Any chicken eating raccoon should be sentenced to death - if recaptured! Because if that evil raccoon is let out 30 miles away - he will just find other chickens to kill and eat. That will give a proper message to his relatives. Then, the coons will say - If you eat John Wells chickens you will die! ---------- THE END OF STORY!

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPw-3e_pzqU

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2wD5TaMf2k

Steve said...

At night chickens are oblivious. I had 8 chickens in the coop this spring and a skunk got in one night and killed 5 of them. He/she just picked 'em off one right after the other. Not a peep out of the chickens. Skunks don't eat them, they just kill them. Never understood that.

Larry G said...

you'd think all the hell that a rooster makes in the morning that he'd utter something at the moment of death!

;-)

weird about the skunks.. always though most animals would not kill others unless for food.. sounds like sports hunters!

;-)

Carlos said...

Skunks and free range chickens eat the same food, so it was eliminating the competition as it sees it. No hope for urbanized critters, you just have to eliminate them. Yes, if the raccoon/skunk/bobcat is raiding in and around your domicile, it's urbanized aka a welfare case sponging off your garden or livestock. You won't find raccoons normally in desert areas except where humans live.