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Garden infestation

I went outside to water the plants this evening. The morning glory in particular, my only success story this year, was looking somewhat dry. More worryingly, it looked as if it was becoming a regular path for raccoons, since it was increasing lacking leaves near its roots. I thought tonight would be a good opportunity to give it a good watering and then coat it in cayenne pepper, in an attempt to keep the omnipresent raccoons away from the garden.

So I went outside, watered the other beds, watered the lemon balm, and then....

I heard hissing.



I turned around to see a raccoon napping in the middle of my morning glories. No wonder they're looking trampled if it's a regular nap spot for a raccoon! Startled, I sprayed it with water, but it didn't do anything. I turned off the water and went inside to get my camera. It was still there when I got back, but my gardening is done for the evening. It hisses ominously at me, and I don't really want to mess too much with an angry raccoon just now.

Update: It occurs to me that I was awakened at sunrise by a fight on the deck between two raccoons. The one in the photo is still there, several hours later. Perhaps it was injured in the fight?

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momiji
Sep. 19th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
Wow... it's cute! Creepy little suckers though.
owlfish
Sep. 19th, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
Right now, it looks evil and menacing to me, but it's true, they often do look rather cute. I had rather better feelings for the three baby raccoons which were running around our deck back in July for a bit, even if they were at least equally destructive.
crustycurmudgeo
Sep. 19th, 2004 06:03 pm (UTC)
Call animal control if you have them in your city. Wild raccoons are pretty destructive and can be dangerous, especially if rabid.

Or call a local hunter and see if he needs a new fur cap for winter. :)
owlfish
Sep. 19th, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'll do so in the morning if the raccoon still hasn't moved by then. I don't want to deal with a dead raccoon. Not sure when to do it, since I need to go out for at least a bit tomorrow afternoon. I have no idea what turnaround times are like for animal control.

The raccoons have already destroyed so much of the garden that I feel resigned on that point. Especially since this one was so ill-inclined to get up and move, even when C. went out to check on it a bit ago.
cliosfolly
Sep. 19th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
He does look cute, but that cuteness is definitely because of the distance given by a photo. I've found raccoons creepy when they've invaded my hose space in the past.

Good luck in getting him to wander away or be removed swiftly.
snowdrifted
Sep. 19th, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)
Grr! Nasty buggers. It was brave of you to get out there and spray it. Stubborn thing.
revengel
Sep. 20th, 2004 05:28 am (UTC)
Glad you're ok...and while they are cute (to a point) you definately want to be careful. Hopefully they will have moved on by the time you get home but you may want to call Animal Services just to play it safe.
owlfish
Sep. 20th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
It's morning and it's GONE! I've finished watering the plants and as soon as the water's soaked through, there will be cayenne pepper all over the garden. It's about time I claimed back my garden.
revengel
Sep. 20th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
Glad you're ok...and I hope the little woodland visitor's ok as well.

GO FORTH AND RECLAIM YON LAND IN THE NAME OF THE OWLFISH!!! THOU SHALT PEPPER IN THE GARDEN OF YORE!!!

or some junk...

~_^
owlfish
Sep. 20th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC)
Sounds good to me!
wakarusa
Sep. 20th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
yep, bet you're right - he/she got banged up. fat, aren't they?

all your lovely flowers, gone.
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