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BruceF 08-14-2012 06:00 PM

Raccoons
 
Havenít seen a single one of these all summer but I know one came by last night. Completely destroyed my container pond. Shredded every single floating plant. Uprooted anything with roots. Left behind a muddy mess. I spent about an hour sorting out what was left. The pot my crypts were growing in didnít even have any dirt left in it. I did manage to salvage a half dozen of them, though a few are mostly just roots. I never did find any of the Gambusia.

I havenít even gotten to the wine barrel yet. It seems to be in better shape. I can tell the water hyacinths were messed about but most everything else seems to in tacked.

EntoCraig 08-14-2012 06:01 PM

We have that problem hear as well...

They will also pull your fish out and munch them!

BruceF 08-14-2012 06:12 PM

I gave up keeping most fish outside two years ago. I just keep the gambusia now to help with the mosquito larva.

rainbuilder 08-14-2012 06:34 PM

They ate all 4 of my racing pigeons the other day. I was really upset by that. We have to trap them and get rid of them or they get into everything.

BruceF 08-14-2012 06:58 PM

You keep the pigeons in a roost?

Bushkill 08-14-2012 07:16 PM

I had a female German Shepherd that had an uncanny ability to grab them by the neck and shake them dead. In her head they were a 4-legged intruder threatening her "flock" of 3 barn cats. All 3 would all just sit on the deck rail as she tore them up. Sadly her son carries none of those abilities.

ua hua 08-14-2012 07:25 PM

Trapped and relocated 4 within 2 weeks. With the drought that has been going on across the U.S. these critters are looking for alternative water sources as many of the natural sources are drying up. I have never had a problem with raccoons until this year.

BruceF 08-14-2012 07:41 PM

If there is a shortage in Nebraska we'll send more.

They seem to come here at this time every year. Two of my neighbors have apple trees and neither of them cleans up the apples.

ua hua 08-14-2012 08:24 PM

I don't believe there is a shortage but I don't live in a rural area so for them to venture into town is not normal. They are smart little critters and they don't appreciate being caught in a trap and being taken back out into the country.

Diana 08-14-2012 10:25 PM

I keep my pond fenced. 2 x 4 welded wire mesh does not look too pretty, but mangled Goldfish and demolished pond was worse. To cap it off one of them walked across my truck wind shield with his muddy feet.

HypnoticAquatic 08-14-2012 10:59 PM

why not get one of these http://www.amazon.com/Havahart-5265-.../dp/B000BO71NY a friend of mine has a shallow pond with some koi that would always get snagged by kranes or coons this keeps everything out just remember to shut it off when your near it cause everyone forgets ;p.

better than when they had rabies out here a few years back all the coons would wander around in the day time all geeked out thats about the only time i actually stayed away from them 10+ ft other than that there just very intelegent animals that love to use there hands and get into everything.

rainbuilder 08-14-2012 11:53 PM

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Originally Posted by BruceF (Post 1978440)
You keep the pigeons in a roost?

Yes. The trap door was left open overnight and there was stuff stacked underneath it. Needless to say I am making a new door with a smaller entrance and the stuff went away. The only thing left were feathers and 2 feet.

mistergreen 08-15-2012 12:00 AM

I live in a city and racoons come to visit. I'm by a patch of park/woods though.
The motion sensor should work. They'll climb anything to eat your plants & fish. They'll be back.

bgallodoro24 08-15-2012 12:05 AM

U think thats bad....last year i had an otter get in my pond...thats right an otter in mississippi....didnt think that was possible but i chased it out the pond and tried to shoot it and missed of course. Anyways that bastard ate 85 goldfish, 2 perch, and a handful of saifin mollies. Needless to say i scared himso bad he never came back.

pweifan 08-15-2012 12:09 AM

They are impossible here in Cleveland. I have to use a wire grill on top of my container pond. It kills the aesthetic a bit, but it beats having everything uprooted and shredded. I'm sorry it happened to you too.


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