13 comments on “Critters

  1. What an adventure! So glad you had the courage of entering the garage and taking care of the problem because I certainly did not…just the thought of having a critter in the garage that I did not know made me feel like something would “attack”. Remember… we have been saying that we need to clean out the garage so this gives us a definite reason. You handled the whole situation so well; I’m proud of you and thank you for being so understanding.

  2. That’s really a cute story Tom 🙂 Those things I swear are the most ingenious creatures out there. Strong, short, fast when they want to be and in spite of their black masks have no silver bullets.

  3. The story had me going. I even telling my son and had him interested. Ending good except, are the young ones OK?

  4. Alice, I don’t know exactly how the young ones are doing. I haven’t seen them since I put them out in the “wild” part of our property. I just couldn’t leave them inside the garage. They were cute but also very destructive. I should have taken pictures but I was too upset about the whole business.

  5. I believe you were. Jan sounds a little upset also. They are cute and yes destructive. I have this odd love of them ever since I read a book back in late 86 or early 87. I worked at the mall and this one girl who worked at the paperback book store would let us know when some were being tossed. There is some sort of thing that if the books weren’t selling, or something like that, they would tear the cover off and send it back. Thus throwing the books away. There was this one about theses raccoons that lived in a parallel word. This guy lived in Florida and worked at a 7/11 and liked to explore caves. He went in this one and when he came out he was in another world but did not know it at 1st. He wandered about and then he saw what he thought was a person but upon getting closer it was a raccoon fishing. The raccoons used sign language and one befriended this guy, his name was Dac (the raccoon. It was a good book as it was like I was watching a movie. I can not remember the name. I believe it had the word dream in it. But that is why when I see a dead raccoon along side the road I feel like I knew him.

  6. Alice, that book sounds vaguely familiar.

    Anyway, neither the momma nor the little ones have been seen back around the house. I will be optimistic and take that as a good sign.

    Every time I see a dead raccoon along the road I can’t help wondering how long it will take for them to evolve into animals that instinctively avoid cars.

  7. Tom I loved the book and have wished so over the years that I could find it. I have searched at different times but have not found it.
    Yes maybe they will become like the squirrels, the ones on TV. In Longview, Wa they have a squirrel bridge. It looks like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and was made so the squirrels could get to the park. I have picture somewhere. I will look for it.

  8. Cool Alice. Thanks for posting that. It’s a good idea to keep the squirrels out of traffic. I almost rear-ended a car the other day that braked suddenly to avoid a squirrel

  9. That is what I have done before for all sorts of animals. My son gets so mad. 🙂

  10. Wow! Sorry it’s taken a while to catch up with your blog Tom.

    Nicely documented nasty situation with appreciation for the color you added to the ordeal.

    I have no love for Raccoons. It’s a zero-tolerance thing. They’re not only destructive, they can be dangerous rabies-carrying pests.

    Once, while camping at nearby Hillsborough State Park, I complained to the ranger about the raccoons. He said the clueless have been feeding them.

    Just as with bears in the North Country, the only safe place for food in most State Parks is in the locked trunk of a car—or raccoons will get it.

    I had one enter my tent with muddy feet while I was away even though there was no food in it. The damn thing knew how to work a zipper!

    When I told the ranger I was going to lock the zipper shut, he said not to do that, because if it can’t pull the zipper, the raccoon will rip the tent fabric to get in.

    And the park’s hands are tied as far as being able to get rid of them or the pesky squirrels—which are also destructive and capable of ripping the screening on your new RV and getting in while you’re away.

    So, I have no real animal compassion for the youngsters. They will manage and probably live to cause you and Jan more grief.

  11. Mike, your experiences pretty much correspond to mine. Fools who have the “Disney” attitude about animals only make things worse. Unfortunately, few people have any direct contact with nature any more. They only get information from cartoons and zoos.

  12. Even though I think they areb cute and sort of feel like I know the raccoons. Because of that book that I read years ago, I have this feeling but would never get close enough to feed them. I know some people are like that with alligators and that is NOT a good thing. There was this lady at work who had taken a picture of a gator near her apartment complex and then said she wished she could get closer to get a better shot. I told her to get a bigger zoom lens. She said no that they just lay there. LOL

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