Animal control capturing a coon in the daytime is NOT going to release
it. It will be destroyed....unless someone is exposed...then it will be
destroyed and the head sent to the lab to test for rabies.
amy <ex-animal control>
How do you know this - for sure? I'm not saying that this may not be the
case somewhere but it sure would be the exception, plus being just plain
stupid. Several miles from the capture point may be in my back yard and I
(purely as an example) sure don't need any more coons who are into predation
'round these parts, plus the chance of importing various diseases such as
scabies, parvo, rabies, etc. If you have a problem - deal with it - don't
export it to another area for someone else to have to solve for you.
A retired game warden hunting buddy of mine used to get called out on road
injured deer and every time there were yuppies and/or children involved he
would tell them he was going to take the injured deer to the "deer
hospital." Until they left the scene...
Skip & Christy Hensler
THE ROCK GARDEN
Why, to teach him how to make your problem someone else's? Whose problem
do you intend to make these creatures? "Well, Junior, they're only a
problem if they're in _our_ yard, so we'll take them 'out to the country'
so someone else can deal with them" kind of thing, or what?
Maybe not in the way you intended. First of all check out your state and
local regulations, it may be illegal to trap and release game animals.
Second, even if it is legal, you are merely transferring your problem to
another area for someone else to deal with, and can very well also transfer
diseases such as parvo, rabies and scabies along with the coon. Third, in
the long run it won't even matter 'cause a new population will move in to
take over the void left by removing the current residents.
There are many (well, several anyway) ways to fence coons out of a garden;
probably an electric offset wire around the bottom of the perimeter would be
both the most animal and cost effective.
Check out both the web site and order their excellent fencing catalog for
Skip & Christy Hensler
THE ROCK GARDEN
To my knowlege, elect. fences are simply the only reliable technique.
period. The only remotely secondary solution is to build a complete cage
around things, and ... racoons are damn good at defeating stuff like
that. Any garden/hardware store should have everything one needs.
Of course, this is just making the racoon someone else's problem... :-)
the part of < firstname.lastname@example.org>
was played by maxwell monningh 8-p
You've been watching too many movies. Farmers use electric fences all the
time for livestock large & small. You haven't seen many electrocuted cows or
pigs, have you? An electric fence produces a nasty tingle. We're not talking
about a prison.
Given that the racoons are nocturnal you would only need to turn the
fence on at night when presumably your 3yr old would be inside.
I can second the recommendation for Premier. Their customer reps are
very helpful and knowledgable. I called when I was setting up fencing
for our goats planning on getting a fancy combination of electric twine,
HT wire, fiberglass line posts, metal corner t-posts and a solar-battery
energizer. After asking what I wanted the fencing for their rep
suggested electric netting, some plastic corner posts and an energizer
with 9v alkaline battery. Saved me a bunch of money and I've been very
happy with the system.
You have just won a virtual cocktail for noticing something nobody else did.
Place glass in CD-ROM drawer and hit:
CTRL-M (for real beer - Molson)
CTRL-B (for water - i.e.: Budweiser)
CTRL-J (for Jack Daniels)
Although I know the electric fence would not be a problem, your wife's
opinion is understandable. The mother bear instinct is cool. I only wish
human mothers would behave like bear mothers right down to the gory details.
That would take care of SO many "people who should be eliminated", keeping
George Carlin's criteria in mind as I say that. Based on these criteria, I
can recall at least 3 idiots who would've had their faces & throats removed
by my wife, when she felt our son was endangered. Sigh....sadly, she's a
Unitarian. Too peaceful.
I hear ya, but things do sometimes change. My wife would never agree to
any kind of gun around, until she chased a fox away from her hen house.
Then I discovered that our state laws were such that an air rifle was
the only practical solution.
Is it an ego thing, or is there some other reason you don't want to enlist
your local animal control people? The process you're describing might be
more educational than you think, but not for the right reasons. Your son
might learn how boring it is to sit around holding your dick in an emergency
room for 3 hours while they take care of victims of car crashes & gunshots.
You didn't say how large your garden is, but if the 'coons are attacking
just a few things, you could try sprinkling cayenne powder on the leaves and
the soil around those plants. Works great for keeping cats out of the
garden, or from scratching furniture.
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