Couple nights ago i woke to sounds in the backyard. Got my teeny flashlight and shown it into the backyard and saw a masked bandit. *yikes* So next day i aimed our Scarecrow (motion activated sprinkler) in the direction of where i had seen him. Next few nights i kept hearing it go off, and upon shining a light outside, only saw a possum. Talked to our neighbor yesterday and he mentioned a guy across the street from him had to call a trapper as he was having problems with raccoons coming up through the storm drains. i was hoping this one lone raccoon i saw was maybe the last of that group. Nope. Tonight i woke to the sound of the Scarecrow and a lot of rustling in the bushes. Got up and shown my light out. There was something there, but hard to see. Finally turned on our floodlights and saw a very large raccoon looking back at me. i made pssssssss sounds at it through the window screen, which only served to wake up my poor husband. It finally clumsily made it's way back through the bushes. THEN i saw a large raccoon walking across the back of our property, then another, then another(!). It was like a raccoon parade. i think i need to call a trapping service tomorrow before they get more bold and find our chicken coops.