Acid Heroes

March 6, 2015

Dealing with wild animals. And being dealt with.

Filed under: Backwords from Ace — Ace Backwords @ 8:20 pm
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The raccoons are driving me nuts again.

I like to feed my feral cats when I get up to my campsite at night.  But lately this pack of raccoons have been waiting for me.   They hide in the bushes at the foot of the trail leading to my campsite.  I can’t see them in the darkness, except for their glowing white eyes.   With a little spook.  Usually there’s 5 or 6 of the hairy beasts.  About 30, 40 pounds each.  When they spot me, they follow me as I head up the trail.  It’s like having an entourage or something.

So now I can’t win.  If I put out the cat food, the raccoons immediately pounce on it and run the feral cats off.  But if I DON’T put out the cat food, my cats pester me all night, crying to be fed.

So last night I solved the problem this way. I had a big box of leftover boneless fried chicken.  So I flung half the chicken in one direction — and all the raccoons went running after it.  Then I flung the rest of the chicken in the other direction for my cats.

Dealing with wild animals can be like dealing with a bunch of bratty little children.  With claws and fangs.

 (click on the word “video” to watch the video)

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Hope you is well. I suppose a different person from you would take care of the raccoons and feed them to the cats. But raccoon are tricky and strong and smart … Dangerous to mess with.

    Comment by Richard List — March 13, 2015 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  2. I’ve lived among the raccoons for about 8 years. And I haven’t had any real problems with them. Aside from them occasionally trying (and sometimes succeeding) at stealing my backpack while I’m sleeping. Course if I tried to mess with one of them, I’m sure they could do some damage. Mostly, they seem to see me as a potential source of food. So they don’t want to mess with me too much, for danger of “killing the goose that lays the golden egg.” So they never push me too far. They’re definitely a very intelligent creature. But ornery for sure.

    Comment by Ace Backwords — March 13, 2015 @ 8:44 pm | Reply


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