April 18, 2010

The Raccoon Capture

So my idea of flour on the roof wasn't so crazy after all. 
Look at all these tracks:
When I went on the roof, the raccoon was just staring at me.
The kids spent the morning on the roof bonding with the "cute" raccoon.

























There's a picture of Rex letting it go about ten miles away from our house.  (I will upload it later).

Stay Tuned...
I don't think the story's over yet.  First of all, there were two sets of tracks leading out from the pile of flour over the porch.  And, secondly, as I was walking home in the dark after the first raccoon was captured, I shone my flashlight right into a pair of yellow shining eyes coming out of a dark shape with pointed ears sitting at the base of our tree.

11 comments:

  1. Why do raccoons like being on your roof? Is Andrew getting a coonskin cap out of this? Oh and Rex may want to drive a bit futher: Coons have a 19 mile home range and then there's this exerpt I found: "Raccoons are also noted for their intelligence; studies have shown that they are able to remember the solution to tasks up to three years later." So, they have really cool natural Zoro masks AND they remember longer than I can. Luckeeeee.

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  2. great, you caught the spouse, deported him/her, and really ticked the other one off. beware the revenge of the coon!

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  3. I was actually trying to catch a coyote to force it to give up a urine sample so I could spread it around to deter raccoons. Who'd of thought that I would catch a raccoon first.

    If your wondering about the coyote, just read Jenny's earlier post.

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  4. I hope you catch the other one quick so the first one doesn't come back for its mate.
    I love the kids on the roof to see the cute varmint.

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  5. That nasty little varmint is kinda cute. My biggest question is how you regularly visit the roof? I like how it is just a regular ol' thing to head up there. You should have breakfast up there sometime. I bet it would be nice :-)

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  6. Aaah, crazy adventure! I also, cannot believe you were out there at 4 o'clock in the morning. NOTHING gets me out of bed at 4 o'clock-- except a barfing child... or a whining child... or a potty break - okay, nothing USED TO get me out of bed at 4. Maybe a raccoon would. So I guess that's totally normal what you were doing, right? Can't wait to hear the continuing saga. I hear he's coming back.

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  7. This note is for Jake. We blindfolded the critter, only spoke Spanish, and drove in circles for awhile to confuse him.

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  8. Missy,
    Our house is only one story high and our roof is pretty flat. Also, there's a handy ladder leaning up against the roof for a speedy peak at scuffling creatures.

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  9. ooo- i wonder if kate is right. you maybe just turned your cute friendly pet raccoons into one madatyou raccoon. think how boring your life would be without all the critters and creatures who love to visit.

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  10. It's great to play on the roof. I think the raccoon should be honored for all the excitement it has brought into our humdrum lives!

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  11. OK seriously...that was pretty darn clever with the flour...and Rex's spanish comment cracked me up!

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