Bear or raccoon? What do you think?

gabby3535

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Haven't gotten my new chickens yet, but they will be coming end of April.........hooray!
But here is my concern.............
This morning as I left for work, I noticed some trash and white plastic trash bags had been
pulled out of the 3 yard dumpster (which sits at the bottom of the driveway) and ripped open and
scattered around the area...........
Now last year I believe a bear did the same thing..........and I say I 'believe' it was a bear, as the dumpster
itself was actually tipped over onto it's side (I presume when the bear either tried to climb in or out of the dumpster?)
'This' time (last night's garbage scattering incident) the dumpster wasn't knocked over.............so I am wondering if
a raccoon might actually climb into and out of a 3 yard dumpster and drag two 13 gal. trash bags away?
Will coons do that, or only a bear?
Thoughts?????
 

gabby3535

Songster
11 Years
Oct 11, 2008
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Hardwick, NW New Jersey
Also.........can raccoons 'jump'?
I.E.......would a raccoon climb a near-by roof (my barn) and 'leap' across (thru the air) approx 3-4 feet, from the roof
to the top of my rum?
 

Imp

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20 years ago, when I lived in downtown Seattle. I came out of my apt bldg and went around back to get to my car, and had to pass by a very skinny raccoon that was long enough to stand on his backfeet and reach into the dumpster. It looked so sick and skinny that I backtracked back into the frontdoor and through the bldg out the back so I wouldn't have to get near it. So yes they will get into dumpsters for the trash.

Imp
 

Knight Hawk Ranch

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Yes, a coon can.

I live next to a wooded area and they constantly are getting into our garabage and dragging it off with them. You can actually see a trail of trash the next morning.
 

kees

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That's just plain weird. Raccoons are great climbers and can certainly rip apart a kitchen garbage bag. How heavy was the bag? I'm wondering why a raccoon wouldn't just eat what was in the bag in the dumpster?

Suzy
 

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