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Had to ELIMINATE a raccoon #5142989 06/24/19 03:52 PM
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I was cutting grass along my river bank and startled a raccoon and it went on its way About 1 hour later I'm poking around in my barn and here is the coon again all wobbly and confused looking , it kept getting closer and closer to me like 10 feet away .From where I was cutting grass to my barn is a easy 1/2 mile . This is the middle of the day , I hated to do it but I had my 9mm on me anyway , always do , you never know anymore and walked up to him with his sad eyes and put him down . I know it was the right thing to do but as a animal lover it wasn't easy , in fact it ruined my day .

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Re: Had to ELIMINATE a raccoon [Re: Kjmack] #5143001 06/24/19 04:11 PM
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Re: Had to ELIMINATE a raccoon [Re: Kjmack] #5143002 06/24/19 04:11 PM
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It sounds like you thought it had rabies, you did the right thing.


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Re: Had to ELIMINATE a raccoon [Re: Kjmack] #5143009 06/24/19 04:19 PM
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I had one in my chicken pen last winter. And I was not as quick as you were with the tools I had available. However as a (hobby) farmer I had a duty to my flock. There I stood in 8 inches of new snow in my pajamas, crocs, with my wife holding a 50k lumen flashlight...

I asked her for a stick and she gave me an axe. shocked

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Sorry you had to do that, but it was a good call.

Re: Had to ELIMINATE a raccoon [Re: eljefino] #5143020 06/24/19 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
I had one in my chicken pen last winter. And I was not as quick as you were with the tools I had available. However as a (hobby) farmer I had a duty to my flock. There I stood in 8 inches of new snow in my pajamas, crocs, with my wife holding a 50k lumen flashlight...

I asked her for a stick and she gave me an axe. shocked



My God that had to be a heck of a circus

Re: Had to ELIMINATE a raccoon [Re: Kjmack] #5143021 06/24/19 04:30 PM
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Sounds to me that you had an encounter with a rabid raccoon. I hope you didn’t touch the carcass.


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Re: Had to ELIMINATE a raccoon [Re: MParr] #5143023 06/24/19 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by MParr
Sounds to me that you had an encounter with a rabid raccoon. I hope you didn’t touch the carcass.

I put my arm in a garbage bag , grabbed his tail and put him in a hole I dug out in the woods

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It sounds like you did everything smartly. Good job!


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Re: Had to ELIMINATE a raccoon [Re: Kjmack] #5143042 06/24/19 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Kjmack
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Sounds to me that you had an encounter with a rabid raccoon. I hope you didn’t touch the carcass.

I put my arm in a garbage bag , grabbed his tail and put him in a hole I dug out in the woods

Good thinking!

Even the slightest break in the skin (they claim even some pours can be wide enough to let the virus in!) can be deadly.

Glad it didn't catch you off guard, and end up biting you!

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I would let local game warden know. They may want to recover and test carcass for rabies.


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It is rare for a trash panda to venture out in broad daylight unless it was raised by humans, distempered or rabid.

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Out during the daylight, wobbly like you describe - it's definitely got something wrong. Ran into one like this years ago and being in the city, we called the police. The park rangers are on the same radio band and heard the call so an officer and ranger showed up. He said it almost certainly had rabies and the only safe thing to do was put it down. He carries a .22 for this reason. Neither him nor the police officer wanted to use their 9mm in the city for a couple different reasons.

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May the trash panda have many years of fun in the big junkyard in the sky.


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Re: Had to ELIMINATE a raccoon [Re: Inspecktor] #5143071 06/24/19 05:26 PM
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that would be the logical thing...but sometimes when you involve a game warden it brings trouble on you..


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