He came to visit. Practiced gymnastics on the feeders, enjoying our birdseed and suet. Scattered it on the ground to feed our other visiting wildlife, the foxes. Made us nervous when we went outside in the dark of night. Lumbered noisily about on the back deck when I was home alone.
Animal Control brought the trap on Sunday morning. By Sunday at dusk he was in there, the temptation too strong to resist. A tummy full of cat food. Quiet and docile....until I walked up to him telling him I was sorry he couldn't stay in the garden. Then he hissed and lunged at me.
Rocky Raccoon has left the garden...........taken away in a pickup truck.
I hope they will move him to the country where he will live a long life. I love wild animals, just not this close to home. Rabies is often found in raccoons here in North Carolina, therefore care must be taken at all times when these creatures decide to take up residence right outside the back door.
Edited 10/19/2011 - 8:30 AM
This morning we discovered another garden visitor, a fully grown Opossum. We had requested the trap reset after Rocky had gone on his country vacation in hopes we might catch any other raccoons, or perhaps a feral cat (we have several in the neighborhood). Polly Possum has just been removed along with the trap.......hopefully to be relocated to a nice country estate later today.