Never say never

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SurprisingWoman, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. SurprisingWoman

    SurprisingWoman Songster

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    Living in a suburb I really didn't expect predators to be a problem, other than the occasional stray cat. I was soooo wrong.

    Luckily this guy started draining my hummingbird feeder, alerting me to his presence before the girls got old enough to go in their coop and run.

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    Animal control is coming to get him any time now.
     
  2. spuetz07

    spuetz07 In the Brooder

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    Just remember, where theres one, theres usually more. Good job trapping him!!
     
  3. doxpeople

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    Did the coon do all that damage to the tarp while trapped?
     
  4. SurprisingWoman

    SurprisingWoman Songster

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    Thanks! I was just so glad he drained the feeder or he could have gotten my girls. I will be getting some Golden Malrin (and some other things for my chicken first aid kit as a just in case) the next time I go to the feed store. I will put the trap out sometime and also the Golden Malrin, just to be sure.

    He did shred the tarp while he was in there. He was pretty PO'd. I have a video where he growls and things. Mean little monster.

     
  5. chickendude

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    How will you kill it?
     
  6. rachiegirl

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    Unfortunately, raccoons are a big problem in and around cities. Perhaps more so than in the country. They are very intelligent and learn quickly that people = an easy meal. They will also rapidly lose their fear of humans, which will make them an even bigger menace and pest. Glad you caught him!
     
  7. SurprisingWoman

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    I called animal control, to see if they would kill it for me and they will not only kill it for me but they are coming to pick it up from my backyard. I don't have to do anything but smile.

    Beautiful!

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  8. amazondoc

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    Quote:Remember, it is very easy to kill unintended animals with strong poisons like Malrin. It is also a Federal offense to use Malrin for anything besides fly control.

    I'm glad animal control is going to help you out!
     
  9. chickendude

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    The problem is they will go around the corner and let it loose. Next time you might want to do the deed your self. you could submerge the trap under water and come back in 10 min. Problem solved. It may sound harsh but better him than your chickens.
     
  10. SurprisingWoman

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    They don't do that in Utah, this one will be given a humane execution with some drugs.

    Otherwise I would have had to think of something else. I don't know what I would have done to be honest.

    He is a mean little beast.
     

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