Bear or raccoon? What do you think?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by gabby3535, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster

    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 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?
  2. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster

    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?
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    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.

  4. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Labelle, Florida
    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.
  5. kees

    kees Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    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?

  6. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    i grew up with grizzlies walking through our yard and never even look at the chickens. just lumebered on by.

    perhaps fox? or weasel?
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008

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