NFR Don't grab raccoons

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by zen leecher aka bill w, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Coons are bad enough, but it's damn lucky it wasn't a Badger . . .

    Years ago back home while camped at East Fork Reservoir (aka Rock Creek Dam in local-speak, the headwaters of the East Fork of Rock Creek), I was fishing streamers at night along the shoreline. I had landed a Rainbow that I was going to keep for breakfast, but as I reached back for my basket I couldn't feel it. Reluctant to turn-on a light, I fumbled around for a bit, finally picked-up my flashlight & discovered a stealth Porkie contentedly gnawing on the leather strap. Had I reached 6 more inches, I would have experienced a painful end to a great camping trip.
     
  2. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    I dunno...biting one of those yappy little dogs, and the person who owns it, seems like perfectly reasonable behavior to me.
     
  3. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    Slow news day.

    A raccoons frequent our backyard quite frequently... yesterday, actually. You never want to mess with the suckers because they can and do carry rabies.

    Almost 20 years ago, a six toed cat showed up at our doorstep. We already had two cats and decided he would be the outside cat... that latest a week. We named him Cahill because he was a light tan color.

    Evidently, he was raised by raccoons. A few years after he became our third house cat, we heard dogs going nuts one night. We turned on the backyard porch light and their was a family of raccoons sitting on the fence. Cahill was sitting on the fence with the family, calm as could be.

    We live in a "city" but this place is more like an animal preserve. On any given day, you'll see urban deer munching on the plants in someone's raised beds that the deer must figure is provided for them. One day a coyote was strolling down our street.

    One winter, a possum took up residence under our deck. We didn't bother the critter and he didn't bother us.

    A young cougar was in town for a few months. The ODF&W tried to trap it but failed. Eventually, the cougar moved on.

    In fact, we see more wild critters in the city here than we ever did when we lived in NE Oregon.

    A few blocks over, a wolf has been seen sneaking around the neighborhood. They say the animal is almost as large as a buffalo and mean as hell. 37 citizens have gone missing.

    (That last bit is a lie but we haven't had a wolf thread going in a couple of weeks :))
     
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  4. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Gene, it seems like the critters all learn that we aren't allowed to hunt inside the city limits. so they don't worry and just eat our fruit and vegetables, landscape shrubs, and our pets. This goes on year-round in some urban areas.
    Outside the city limits, they seem to know when its time to disappear.
     
  5. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    I had a strange little creature come into my yard yesterday and bark at me. I couldn't figure out if it was the runt from a litter of toy-mini hyenas, or some kind of wingless bat. Ugly little thing with a nasty attitude. I told it that if it came any closer and barked at me in my own yard again, I'd stomp it. It just kept barking and acting tough at a safe distance. I think it belongs to a neighbor who is visiting their vacation property. Soon it will be going home.
     
  6. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I've got two of those nearby. Last year they liked to be out at 6:15 in the morning yap-barking at any bit of wind-blown fluff that threatened them.
     
  7. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I got a dog like that. He likes to bark at kids on bikes and PU trucks. Hell, any kind of truck for that matter. And the other one will bark if I blow the lint off of my keyboard.