WHAT would KILL a COON!?!?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by iluvsedward, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

    Jan 19, 2010
    Calvert County MD
    so yesterday my dad threw out the turkey leftovers for the animals, and this morning we saw turkey vulters in our yard,lol, and so I looked around where they were eating (the same place the turkey remains were) and to my shock and surprise there was a little dead raccoon it had been dead at least 2-3 days and the area around the butt had been eaten and there were flys and maggots, this could have been the same raccon that was in our house. but what killed it? did it die a natural death? it was pretty close to our house, the possible things to kill it are: fox, another racoon, possum?,or even a cat?
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Rabies, distemper- if it was in your house, I hope no one came in contact with it or any bodily secretions.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2010
  4. misschickenlittle

    misschickenlittle REALLY wants a new title

    Oct 30, 2010
    A shotgun...

    No really I don't know, Rabies would be my first guess too.
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Some dogs are very adept at killing them. A large dog either bites it hard and crunches the bones, or shakes it to death. Could have been either way since you said the coon was small.
    I would imagine rats or possums chewed on it's butt after it was dead.

    You think it was dead for 2-3 days????? so it must have already been there when you threw out the turkey leftovers?? Unless something dragged it up (again, possibly a dog). I would have thought it was attracted to the leftovers and got killed by a larger scavenger who wanted the leftovers more than the coon did. [​IMG]
  6. HAL_9000

    HAL_9000 In the Brooder

    Don't know what killed it or care... just goood riddance....

    one less coon to destroy chickens
  7. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    The area around the butt sounds like a feline. Perhaps a bobcat or cougar?

    It is also possible that the area that was eaten, was eaten by scavengers and that the racoon simply died of sickness. [​IMG]
  8. Robo

    Robo Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    Maybee it saw a bright light, but the pearly gates sure were'nt on the other end.
  9. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Call animal control and tell them you think a coon died of rabies. They will come out for that boby and test it. That way you will know if you need to clean that area.
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:That's what I was thinking...

    .... a dog could kill a small coon.

    Big coon... a shotgun

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