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Old May 12, 2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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These young masked bandits were playing and feeding in the trees; Green Cay Wetlands.

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Old May 12, 2012, 4:46 PM   #2
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An appropriate title to the thread - raccoons are always such trouble-makers! Your pictures are very good capturing what can either be a shy, secretive animal, or an obnoxious, persistent pest.
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Old May 13, 2012, 6:15 PM   #3
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Those little guys are nasty when get into someplace, they completely destroyed a little cottage of ours, you can't go in without a gas mask. It was a building we didn't go into for a year. Now we plan to burn it down or bulldoze it. Raccoon's defecate where they sleep so you can imagine a year occupation by about 20 of them. Not one of my favorite critters.

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Indeed they are cute when in their proper habitat, but not at all cute in their destructive habits in our habitats...

Great photos of the action and personalities!
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Old May 25, 2012, 11:50 AM   #5
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Nice pictures of that Raccoon family, Ed.

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Those little guys are nasty when get into someplace, they completely destroyed a little cottage of ours, you can't go in without a gas mask. It was a building we didn't go into for a year. Now we plan to burn it down or bulldoze it. Raccoon's defecate where they sleep so you can imagine a year occupation by about 20 of them. Not one of my favorite critters.

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Don't bulldoze it Hans - burn it! Then bury the remains with the bulldozer, and avoid contaminating yourselves while you do it. As lovable as they can be, Raccoons can carry a very dangerous roundworm parasite, Baylisascaris procyonis, that can be fatal to humans, and its resistant eggs can last in the soil for many years. Raccoon latrines, as they are called are dangerous places to be avoided or best properly destroyed. Here is what the CDC has to say:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/8/4...73_article.htm
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At the first house we owned it had an outside garbage can that was in the ground with a cast Iron lid that you would open by stepping on a foot peddle. We had three raccoons that came to the can, two would open the lid and the third would go down and fetch the garbage to be shared and eaten.

Ed these are nice shots and I enjoyed seeing them.

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