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ACH der Waschbaer!

I can't sleep. I tried all the bad tv, tried actifed, but i'm awake. So, i went out and sat on the porch to listen to the quiet and think, and I glanced down to my left as two big chubby raccoons (auf deutsch: waschbaer means "wash bear" and what the hell is up with german anyhow?) popped out from the crawlspace under the house through the tiny vent hole like 2 feet from me! ACH! I sat really still for a second or two and then said "UM!" and one of them skittered back beneath the house while the other watched me watching him and grunted and washed himself a bit until the other waschbaer came galumphing up from the backyard. Weird!

Um. Aren't Raccoons kind of vicious little monsters? Are they LIVING under there? Uh?

So many questions.

Comments

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violalee
Jun. 19th, 2003 06:35 am (UTC)
HAHAHA! That is AWESOME. Racoons live anywhere, since they live off trash. It's not so odd that they live under your house! Now, if they lived in your ROOM.... that would be weird, yanno?
caffeina
Jun. 19th, 2003 09:39 am (UTC)
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Apparently a mild ammonia/water or water/tabasco mixture can do a good job of discouraging them, but i think the cats would get all wacky or something.
epanastatis
Jun. 19th, 2003 07:17 am (UTC)
Waschbär is a cute name, probably derived from the fact that raccoons often wash their food at a stream or pond as they eat it.
caffeina
Jun. 19th, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)
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Yeah! It's exactly that. They're really pretty, like badgers crossed with pandas and cats.

My grandfather had a huge house in the SC mountains in a pretty rural area and for a while he wound up hanging out with the raccoons and fed them along with a crowd of semi-feral cats, I watched them from a safe distance every evening when I stayed with him.

I'm sleepy.
meenk
Jun. 19th, 2003 09:04 am (UTC)
Raccoons are cute as buttons! Just don't fight em. They will win. They aren't destructive or anything, and probably aren't a problem as long as they aren't strewing your trash all over. Maybe you should leave em some hotdogs, like in The Great Outdoors!
caffeina
Jun. 19th, 2003 09:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, tired, whimper!
Yeah, they're welcome to hang around, this house isn't too far from the foresty mountainy part of town, but I was vaguely alarmed at their proximity to my bare feet and ankles - Juuuust about biting height for them. I didn't know the sound they made, it's like "grugrugru-gruuuuh snort" and makes them seem even more cuddly - THAT'S HOW THEY REEL IN THEIR PREY.

Eu hotdogs, that would attract beasties from miles around, it could be all Dr. Doolittle in the hizzle!

I did a google search for "raccoons in crawlspace" and found out that, well, they won't eat the house. I hope the dorky cats have the sense to back down, these are big critters!
meenk
Jun. 21st, 2003 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: Yeah, tired, whimper!
I hope so to, re: the cats. A raccoon could dismantle a cat in about 2 seconds.
gigabites
Jun. 20th, 2003 02:15 am (UTC)
sorry but,

are you fucking nuts?!?!?

Racoons are wildlife. Not cute wannabe pets. They can kill her cats, carry all sorts of diseases and parasites that are transferable to humans. As far as destructive, racoon are the most destructive of the fawna that lives close to humans, next to bears... they have hands! Ever see what a racoon does to a bird coop or a domesticated cat? and yes they bite, especially if it has little ones. Rabies is not fun...

and guess who is liable if anything were to happen to her tenants or guests, especially now that she has knowledge of them.
gigabites
Jun. 19th, 2003 04:44 pm (UTC)
Raccoon - (Procyon lotor) are only cute and cuddly on TV, not under your house!

have those giant rats removed as soon as possble.
you are liable for several things now that you have knowledge of their existence.
if one bites a person, you can get sued.
if someone gets sick from the numerous diseases that those things carry, you can get sued.
Raccoons are known carriers of rabies, canine distemper, encephalitis, histoplasmosis, trypanosomiasis, coccidiosis, toxoplasmosis, tularemia, tuberculosis, listeriosis, leptospirosis, roundworms, and mange. They are also infested with fleas, ticks, lice and mites which are known transmitters of disease. Children and pets are particularly at risk.

ewwww!

Raccoons are not threatened or endangered. They are classified as furbearers in California. Fur harvest regulations are set by the California Department of Fish and Game. A trappers license or depredation permit may be required before taking any raccoons. It is a violation of California state law for any wildlife to be kept as pets.

So, legally, you can either shoot it and make a hat or have the humane society get rid of em and use chicken wire to keep em out in the future (they are smart enough to go into our house when you sleep!)


acidexia
Jun. 24th, 2003 07:14 pm (UTC)
caffeina
Jun. 25th, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Wow, oh wow, I wish! I didn't know about it... I'm in Seattle until the 29th. Plenty crazy fun to be had up here!
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