City Raccoons

DurkaDurka
#1
I caught 2 of these huge raccoons ripping my garbage pails apart tonight, is their any law that would prevent me from terminating such animals?

Honestly, I despise these animals... they tear my green bit apart weekly and anything else they can get into.

I kid you not, the raccoons that come out around here are proably a good 35lbs... suckers are huge.
Last edited by DurkaDurka; Nov 3rd, 2007 at 01:42 AM..
 
eh1eh
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurkaView Post

I caught 2 of these huge raccoons ripping my garbage pails apart tonight, is their any law that would prevent me from terminating such animals?

Honestly, I despise these animals... they tear my green bit apart weekly and anything else they can get into.

I kid you not, the raccoons that come out around here are proably a good 35lbs... suckers are huge.


I think racoons are considered a pest so it's open season. Live trap them then drown them in a creek or lake. Or hit them with a fish bonker.

If they're not pests they sure can't be protected as there is no population problem.
 
Nuggler
#3
Depends on whar ya live there Durka:

Sunnyvale?? Get Julian to off the bastards.

I would shoot them, but then, they know that, and they don't mess with Soprano garbage.......badda bing badda boom.

Make sure they are deceased before laying a finger on them, and they are vicious, don't like being shot, and will totally destruct your hand in about a nanosecond. I would too, if you shot me......owww!!

Kill'em, Durka Durka. Kill'em all!! PeopleEnjoyingTastyAnimals will thank ya.


 
Phil B
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurkaView Post

I caught 2 of these huge raccoons ripping my garbage pails apart tonight, is their any law that would prevent me from terminating such animals?

Even if there was such a law against it, could you not counter that with some gastronomic argument? (external - login to view)

Supposed to taste like Pork isn't it?
 
Toro
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurkaView Post

I caught 2 of these huge raccoons ripping my garbage pails apart tonight, is their any law that would prevent me from terminating such animals?


Pfft! Who cares?

Do what you need to do.

A little rifle negotiation solves your problem.
 
CDNBear
#6
A lil Bow action is even better...

Silent death becomes them.

I'll be hunting small game this year when the Deer hunts done...need some assistance Durka?
 
eh1eh
#7
I'm sure it is illegal to discharge a firearm in Durka's backyard. On the other hand, nobody can hear them scream from underwater.

Hey Durka, I got a Rubbermaid garbage shed. Fits three pails on the bottom and my recycle on the shelves above. Coons haven't figured it out, yet anyway.
 
Twila
#8
Quote:

I caught 2 of these huge raccoons ripping my garbage pails apart tonight, is their any law that would prevent me from terminating such animals?

Yes there is. It's the law of being humane. To allow a creature who is NOT smarter then you to outwit you and leave you resorting to wanting to kill it says something. Something not nice. I won't type it out here.

There are inexpensive ways of keeping them out of your garbage while saving their lives. They are highly intelligent creatures. They are simply trying to survive. We've taken much of their territory away and they are fortunate enough and smart enough to have adapted successfully. and now you want to kill them?

Empathy. Humans need more empathy. How about even the score and off a few pesky people first?
 
lone wolf
#9
Rat poison and bacon grease works wonders - if you can keep the neighbourhood critters out. A loaded mouse trap in a liquor store bag spooks the first one. A sprinkle of Javax isn't healthy for their wee noses. Shootin' 'em in an urban centre can get your butt tossed in jail.

It's actually sort of fun to watch a coon square off with a stray cat....

Luck....

Woof
 
flutterby
#10
Quote:

It's actually sort of fun to watch a coon square off with a stray cat....

this also explains all those 'lost kitty' signs stapled onto telephone poles.


excellent post, twila. if people keep their garbage secure in a secure area, the coons and coyotes won't hang around.
 
lone wolf
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by flutterbyView Post

this also explains all those 'lost kitty' signs stapled onto telephone poles.


excellent post, twila. if people keep their garbage secure in a secure area, the coons and coyotes won't hang around.

Secure isn't always possible on collection day. Coons would be cool around here. This is bear country.

Woof!
 
flutterby
#12
a lot of people put their garbage out the night before, instead of first thing in the morning, and then they act surprised when the nocturnal critters enjoy the smorgasbord. even worse are the people who don't bother with cans and just leave a couple of bags out. the crows make short work of those.
 
Colpy
#13
My brother had raccoons in his ATTIC in Toronto, fer God's sake. He called an exterminator, who took a look and then told him city by-laws prevented him from doing ANYTHING, because mama raccoon had little baby varmits......HUH!?????

Shoot, shovel, shut up.....if you are in a place that is feasible.....
 
flutterby
#14
Quote:

My brother had raccoons in his ATTIC in Toronto, fer God's sake.

how did they get in? raccoons are not tiny critters.
 
lone wolf
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

My brother had raccoons in his ATTIC in Toronto, fer God's sake. He called an exterminator, who took a look and then told him city by-laws prevented him from doing ANYTHING, because mama raccoon had little baby varmits......HUH!?????

Shoot, shovel, shut up.....if you are in a place that is feasible.....

That's when you put your city Animal Control on an autodialer with recorded message....

Woof!
 
Zzarchov
#16
Racoons are also not stupid critters.

They also make great pets if you train them young enough.

That being said they are prone to rabies and a danger to people in your area. Even if they don't bite a child, they can spread it easily to family pets who then bite children.
 
daisygirl
#17
My sister, who lives in Toronto, was being disturbed by raccoons every night. They would find food and then clean it off in her pool. She paid to have them trapped and taken away. The man paints a stripe on them so that he knows when he catches raccoons that they are not ones he has caught before. He drives them far out into the country and drops them off there. It turned out that she had thirteen raccoons in all!
 
DurkaDurka
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by ToroView Post

Pfft! Who cares?

Do what you need to do.

A little rifle negotiation solves your problem.

Unfortunately, I own no rifles. I do have a bbq brush outside though, maybe i'll whack em with that
 
DurkaDurka
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

Yes there is. It's the law of being humane. To allow a creature who is NOT smarter then you to outwit you and leave you resorting to wanting to kill it says something. Something not nice. I won't type it out here.

There are inexpensive ways of keeping them out of your garbage while saving their lives. They are highly intelligent creatures. They are simply trying to survive. We've taken much of their territory away and they are fortunate enough and smart enough to have adapted successfully. and now you want to kill them?

Empathy. Humans need more empathy. How about even the score and off a few pesky people first?

I already have the supposed raccoon proof pails, the raccoons have it figured out though. I don't think I could actually kill one, would like to boot em in the arce though.

How about cayanne pepper sauce on the lids? hmm.
 
Zan
#20
Hey Durka,

You might want to think twice about the cayanne pepper - I was prepared to use that in my flower beds to contend with the neighborhood cats... until one of my neighbors told me that cats have been known to claw their own eyes out if they get that stuff in their eyes. Don't know if that's true or not, never heard it before, but it was enough to stop me from doing it.
 
DurkaDurka
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by ZanView Post

Hey Durka,

You might want to think twice about the cayanne pepper - I was prepared to use that in my flower beds to contend with the neighborhood cats... until one of my neighbors told me that cats have been known to claw their own eyes out if they get that stuff in their eyes. Don't know if that's true or not, never heard it before, but it was enough to stop me from doing it.

Yikes, thats a little too close to torture I think. I wouldn't doubt it though, I got a ride him with a crazy cabby a while ago who kept a bottle of homemade pepperspray with him, told me it was 10x stronger then the tsuff the cops use.
 
Zan
#22
I googled racoon problems and there were alot of sites... (external - login to view)

I haven't read the whole thread, so I don't know what you've tried already, but you could check some of those sites out ... one of them dealt with raccoon problems in urban areas.
 
lone wolf
#23
There's nothing made by man that Rocky can't beat. Tupperware or steel bin, you'll slow 'em until garbage day. That's it!

Too bad you couldn't remote a cherry bomb, huh?

Woof!
 
eh1eh
#24
Hey. Maybe Racoons aren't that bad.

 
eh1eh
#25
I know someone will ask. It's a coconut crab (external - login to view), aka robber crab. Looks like they are as crafty as racoons.
 
Twila
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by eh1ehView Post

Hey. Maybe Racoons aren't that bad.

That thing is scary looking!
 
catman
#27
Anyone who would drown a raccoon is a sick *bleep*.
 
#juan
#28
Call me what you like. A few years ago when we moved from Gabriola Island to Nanaimo we were infested with racoons. They dumped the garbage cans, tore up my wife's flower beds, ...looking for grubs? I don't know. I developed a system of bungee cords to hold the garbage can lids on and the racoons soon figured that out and again the street was decorated with our garbage. One of the neighbors suggested traps, the kind that didn't harm the animals. The idea was to transport the captured animals somewhere else. Catching them was easy. Turning them loose was another matter all together. Handling the traps with the animals inside was downright dangerous. One of them bit the finger off a heavy pair of leather gloves.....fortunately I extracted my finger in time. We had three traps and three racoons After we ran out of ideas I remembered that I have a Crossman 22 caliber air pistol. To make this story shorter, I dispatched all three with a single shot to the back of their snarling little heads. This is not something I would do again but it did solve the racoon problem.
 
shadowshiv
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by eh1ehView Post

I know someone will ask. It's a coconut crab (external - login to view), aka robber crab. Looks like they are as crafty as racoons.

At first I thought the picture you posted was Photoshopped, but I read the Wiki entry and found out it really exists. Very interesting creature.
 
DaSleeper
#30
One solution that I wouldn't recommend in the city... that I've used when camping in the wild to keep out varmints and bear, out of the garbage and other stuff outside...is a battery operated cattle fencer and a proper length of chicken fencing material....it rolls up compact and for the battery operated fencer, while a six volt dry cell is good for small varmints, you would need a twelve volt battery for bears...It doesn't kill them....but they sure change their mind when the nose comes in contact with the fence....
 

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