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Racoons


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Ann24-May-00 07:35 PM EST   
Carolyn24-May-00 08:38 PM EST   
Brenda26-May-00 12:06 PM EST   
Carolyn26-May-00 02:20 PM EST   
Ann27-May-00 07:12 PM EST   
Gail03-Jun-00 07:53 AM EST   
Joann09-Jun-00 06:48 PM EST   
The Poacher10-Jun-00 10:33 PM EST   


Subject: Racoons
From: Ann
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Date: 24-May-00 07:35 PM EST

Suggestions needed to keep the little critters out of my corn !! Every year they know exactly when it is ripe. We have tried playing a radio in the corn all night, motion sensor light, all to no avail. Help.


Subject: RE: Racoons
From: Carolyn
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Date: 24-May-00 08:38 PM EST

What about trying the motion-sensing sprinkler 'The Scarecrow', which shoots a jet of water at the offenders. It's about $100.00 and is available at many hardware and garden specialty stores.


Subject: RE: Racoons
From: Brenda
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Date: 26-May-00 12:06 PM EST

Just be glad that they are eating your corn not your roof. We had them eat a hole in our roof which we repaired and they came back the following year and ate another hole in the same place. We rented a trap from the humane society, baited it with peanut butter and captured the critter. Took it far away and let it loose in the woods. I think that you get the same ones back every year.


Subject: RE: Racoons
From: Carolyn
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Date: 26-May-00 02:20 PM EST

Brenda, you may have signed that raccoons death certificate by taking him to the woods and letting him loose. A friend of mine- who's a wild animal rehabilitator, told me that raccoons are more suburban and urban animals and do not often survive out in the woods away from civilization. They have relied on us for decades for our refuse, birdseed, fish in our pond, plants in our gardens, grubs in our lawns and left-out pet food. Food supply could be limited in the woods and the raccoon could have lost its ability to forage.


Subject: RE: Racoons
From: Ann
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Date: 27-May-00 07:12 PM EST

So that's where all those raccoons are coming from that are eating my corn - the suburbs!!! No wonder they are so tame, our country raccoons don't stand a chance.


Subject: RE: Racoons
From: Gail
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Date: 03-Jun-00 07:53 AM EST

You didn't mention the size of your plot of corn. If it isn't large, perhaps consider chicken wire fencing that is buried into the ground at the bottom. They are pesky critters and very smart.They seem to defy every "trick" that you attempt. They have destroyed my pond, my niger feeders, ate a hole in the roof. It never ends!


Subject: RE: Racoons
From: Joann
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Date: 09-Jun-00 06:48 PM EST

Good Luck getting rid of those racoons! We had one move into our garage [uninvited, of course] and it did a lot of damage before we were able to block its entry in. Then she moved in next door and had a litter of three. I'm sorry haven't a solution for you, only my sympathy. They are very, very pesky.


Subject: RE: Racoons
From: The Poacher
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Date: 10-Jun-00 10:33 PM EST

A dog or large cat will often take care of this problem. Cats are less noisy. Yes, I know that racoons are often larger than cats but it doesn't seem to matter to the cat.


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