Varmits - aaarrrggghhh !
Got word last weekend from next door neighbor that a huge raccoon has been visiting one of my bird feeders. (Guess that explains why I've twice now found a heavy Yankee Flipper feeder on the ground - I was sooo clueless!)
Freaked her out as she has a small dog, and doubly freaked me out too since I have a squirrel sized new puppy now in residence! Neither of us just let the dogs out unsupervised, but 'coons can get pretty nasty and dogs love to ferret them out. I go out with my little squirrel-size beagle at all hours of the night and don't wish to run into Randy Raccoon!
We're in a small subdivision and have tightly fenced backyards flanked by a common retaining back wall - timber, varying from 10' to 3' in height and about three feet back from that is a 6' stockade fence that separates us from the farm behind. My part of the stretch is the step-down section and height varies from 9' at one end to 4' at the other. My step down part lends itself to great landscaping, but the whole wall provides too easy access for critters. Actually, the whole stretch of retaining wall and protective fencing (running behind eight or nine homes) is an ideal 'critter highway' and I've been concerned before.
Not expecting much of anything, I called Raleigh Animal Control and - wow! - (my tax dollars at work!) an Officer came out last night and placed a trap, gave me instructions and when we corral the varmit, they'll come retrieve it. Now, I can just hope that the can of Alpo is more attractive than the Yankee Flipper full of black oil sunflower seed and that we cage the 'coon!
So, I'm kinda re-thinking plans for summer gardening, maybe might forego some veggies for flowers in my EarthBoxes this year ..... don't want to encourage any more varmits, raccoons or possums (have had them up close and personal in the past). My EarthBoxes are in the side yard and I've had lots of 'bites' in tomatoes, just never knew who was munching. Don't want to encourage any varmits this year. I have a puppy to keep safe and raise !
Knowng that there is no 'solution' for critters (raccoons and possums), any shards of advise will be greatly appreciated by me and my weenie beagle !