Well, maybe not rape, but this Washington state masked gang HAS killed
almost a dozen cats and attacked dogs and humans.
The pack is lead by "one really big bad dude... a monster... They are in
command." The article reads like one has to step over the bodies littering
Various solutions have been tried: trapping, dogs, negotiation, trading
territory for peace, UN resolutions. Nothing has worked. Strangely, no one
in the article
has suggested using old double-barreled Betsy to blow their furry butts to
animal kingdom come.
We have racoons too. Wish we had more to rid the neighborhood feral
cats, vermin, and excess number of domesticated ducks along our
waterfront. To keep our cat alive, we bring her in a night and feed
her inside. The dog's food is not left outside either. During the
day, not a problem. Raccoons adapt to human areas because food is
available, or because humans have made unavailable what food is left in
the wild. A pack of dogs might work, but racoons are capable of
handling a dog much bigger than themselves.
If you have an air rifle. If not, a .22 using subsonic ammo is no
louder than a pellet gun and very effective. A shot to the forehead of
a deer needing an attitude adjustment worked great for me. If you're
worried about too much power, use CB ammo - no powder, just the primer.
Sure. I was just pointing out that the extravaganza with silencers
belongs to fiction novels, there is no need for it for such a low risk
application. By the way, shooting from inside home muffles the sounds
Ok guys, hold on to your Budweiser. First of all in an urban
environment it's illegal to shoot wildlife with an airgun, 22, or
whatever arsenal of weaponry you're hiding in the basement. Second,
yes, we had a neighbor with a racoon living in the attic for awhile,
until we closed off it's entrance. Another neighbor keeps complaining
about vermin in her property. Ironically, our house is on the path
from the water to each of these properties, and we have no problems.
Why? We don't have broken down siding on the house nor piles of crap
were animals would like to nest. Clean up, clear out the junk, fix the
house, and stop feeding the critters, and I'm certain you won't have
problems. Believe me, having the racoons clearing out the feral cats
isn't all bad. It allows more song birds to sing, nest, and eat
insects around your property, unless you don't like song birds putting
nests in your trees either.
call animal control in your area.. [Raccoons can have rabies]
[they especially like marshmallows for bait -once caught, then call
animal control if they wouldnt come out before]
The different types of damage which raccoons are capable of are almost
too numerous to mention. In urban environments, raccoons are more than
capable of finding homes in uncapped chimneys. tearing off shingles or
fascia in order to gain entrance to an attic or wall void, tearing up
lawns in search for grubs and earthworms, destroying gardens, and
upsetting and eating the contents of garbage cans. In attics and wall
voids, the build-up of raccoon feces and urine can constitute health
hazards to the homeowner. In more rural environments, raccoons can be
highly destructive in and around poultry barns
Actually my last house was in a more rustic area and we were feeding a
couple of gentle neighborhood cats outside. Soon we were also feeding
raccoons and opossoms and then their families. They all had to come up
about 8 steps to a patio to eat and they would also pass each other without
growling. Unfortunately, rabies became a problem in the area and we
officially adopted the 2 cats, got them shots and made them indoor cats
(that was interesting) and the outside dinners came to an end.
We've been that route too, feeding the animals and then withdrawing the
food for fear of wild animals becoming aggressive. Animal control
officers aren't usually trained biologists and therefore aren't able to
make conclusions about the health of animal populations, but it's true
that animals that come into contact with humans are often sick. Those
not in contact with humans are healthy.
As for the gun comment, in Stockton, CA, the rather rough town where I
live, has many Bud fans who are armed to the teeth, and we routinely
learn about how some yoyo who discharged his gun in a self destructive
way. Bullet missed racoon and flies through a wall to lodge in his
child watching TV, and then 991 is dialed. Odds are greater that the
wife will use the revolver in the nightstand drawer to stop her husband
than to stop a masked bandit. There are reasons why discharge of
firearms in the city remains illegal in most parts of the country.
It's not a good way to go.
Animal control will provide cages for free to trap the animal.
Raccoons are tricky to lure into the cage though. So, have patience,
figure out a way to trap the offender, and send him to jail.
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