No, we aren't poaching!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by klf73, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    we have some raccoons. started out that dh killed a huge one a few months ago, it tore the door off a temporary coop(it's a ware, but didn't expect the coon) and pulled out my poor wheaten ameraucana hen that was inside. well, it must have been a momma cuz we started seeing 3 little ones wandering around a few days later, dh felt horrible. They started eating the leftover chicken food from the day and stayed away from the coops. I know we should have just dispatched them but we felt bad [​IMG] . One disappeared a couple weeks ago(probably neighbor dog got it) and we were down to two. Three more wandered in now, up to 5 [​IMG] . Dh was trying to trap them but it didn't work. We got home late tonight and they were all smack dab in the middle of 5 coops/runs, just starting towards my polish, it was still a little light out. Dh grabbed his rifle and headed out, shot one. He wanted to make sure it was dead(felt bad enough, he didn't want it to suffer) so he shot it a second time. He was getting ready to get the other one(was the original pair) and the neighbor started screaming. Dh turned and through the woods the neighbor was going crazy saying they were calling the game warden, he was poaching, etc. [​IMG] . It just so happens to be deer season, but bow season [​IMG] . Dh said he wasn't doing anything wrong and the neighbor asked what he "had back there". Dh said we had coons and they were killing the chickens. Neighbor meekly said oh and left. Unfortunately the second one made it into a tree and dh didn't want to take a shot that wasn't great so we are down to 4. I know we should have taken care of the young ones right away, and rationally I know they won't survive the winter. They survive on chicken food, we have had chickens for 4 years and nothing other than crows ever take it. They would have just starved, or killed our chickens.....

    sad thing is we have lived here 9 years and would have thought they(neighbors) would know my dh would never do something like that [​IMG]

    we have had a lot of predators come through, skunks, opossum, coyote, fox etc but the only one up till now that killed anything were the daytime hunters.....everything else has just moved on. hoping the rest leave but not holding my breath....
     
  2. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    Don't feel ba dyou did the right thing they would've grown up and killed you're chickens anyway. You're also right that they probably wouldn't survive the winter. Did you're neighbor understand or did they still call the game warden?
     
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    my husband is going to talk to them tomorrow. I know they don't want the raccoons in their yard either, their dogs are their kids....apparently we have a high number of rabies up here [​IMG] .
     
  4. Chinchilla2

    Chinchilla2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jun 9, 2011
    Red Rock
    Bow season for deer starts here tomorrow so I'm sure I'm going to wind up with more things running through my yard again. It is almost instinct that when someone hears gun shots on the opening day of bow season to think poachers. Could be the neighbor didn't even know it was your DH until your DH started speaking.

    Hope you get the coons or they leave the area.
     

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