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Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 12 May 2022, 8:49pm
by Dr. Medulla
And two baby racoons have been trapped, while mom is just hanging around. Unfortunately, no one can come around until tomorrow, so we're just in a holding pattern. I really fucking hate this.

edit: Actually, mom is one of the trapped ones. I can see the free one and it's one of the younger racoons.

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 12 May 2022, 10:02pm
by Mimi
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 May 2022, 8:49pm
And two baby racoons have been trapped, while mom is just hanging around. Unfortunately, no one can come around until tomorrow, so we're just in a holding pattern. I really fucking hate this.

edit: Actually, mom is one of the trapped ones. I can see the free one and it's one of the younger racoons.
Are they old enough to be separated from the mom? Because I'd release them. My stomach is knotted up now. Poor things.

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 12 May 2022, 10:38pm
by revbob
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 May 2022, 8:49pm
And two baby racoons have been trapped, while mom is just hanging around. Unfortunately, no one can come around until tomorrow, so we're just in a holding pattern. I really fucking hate this.

edit: Actually, mom is one of the trapped ones. I can see the free one and it's one of the younger racoons.
Im having a hard time envisioning what is going on here. How did tou manage to trap them? And can't you release them?

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 12 May 2022, 10:50pm
by Dr. Medulla
The Olaf guy set out two cages in different parts of the deck, with a can of cat food in it. Racoon goes in, door slams shut. Releasing them here doesn’t solve the problem of them going away and not coming back. They’re supposed to be relocated outside of the city. But, yeah, it sucks because they’re banging against the cage trying to get out and one of them is still loose somewhere. Presumably it won’t want to go far. Which means we need another cage for tomorrow to do this again. I seriously hate that they’re scared and frustrated, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I’ve blocked all the windows so the cats can’t lose their minds (and they don’t seem too bothered about the sound, which is strange). But I know I won’t be sleeping much tonight. Kind of thinking about sleeping on the couch downstairs so I don’t have to hear it (the Boss is out of town, so it’s not like I’m abandoning her).

edit: Slept intermittently as the prisoners banged against their cages. When I got up, with the benefit of daylight, they've moved their cages a fair distance and one has pulled the tarp off my rower. And, of course, there's shit all over the deck.
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Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 13 May 2022, 9:49am
by Olaf
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 May 2022, 10:50pm
The Olaf guy
I hope he's wearing decent lederhosen at least. I have a reputation to lose.

Dr. Medulla also wrote:
12 May 2022, 10:50pm
They’re supposed to be relocated outside of the city.
You can always allow them to run a casino...

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 13 May 2022, 10:17am
by Dr. Medulla
Olaf wrote:
13 May 2022, 9:49am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 May 2022, 10:50pm
The Olaf guy
I hope he's wearing decent lederhosen at least. I have a reputation to lose.
Maybe it was under his pants, but I can't say. He was also Middle Eastern, so that might complicate things.

Dr. Medulla also wrote:
12 May 2022, 10:50pm
They’re supposed to be relocated outside of the city.
You can always allow them to run a casino...
There's a casino across the river in Quebec. Capital idea!

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 13 May 2022, 2:02pm
by Dr. Medulla
Well, finally, the two racoons were taken away (I was feeling very worried for them because it's really hot out) and a couple new traps put out in case the other one is still around. And, indeed, mama ripped up my rower tarp. It's in the wash right now and then I'll see whether I can duct tape the rips or not.

edit: Also ordered a bunch of motion detector strobe lights and spray a cayenne-tabasco mix on the stairs. I feel like LBJ or Nixon and Vietnam. Escalate, escalate, escalate until the enemy just gives up!

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 13 May 2022, 3:34pm
by revbob
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Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 13 May 2022, 3:51pm
by Kory
revbob wrote:
13 May 2022, 3:34pm
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ARE there memes?

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 13 May 2022, 4:09pm
by revbob
Kory wrote:
13 May 2022, 3:51pm
revbob wrote:
13 May 2022, 3:34pm
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ARE there memes?
I cant do this alone!!

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 13 May 2022, 4:11pm
by Dr. Medulla
revbob wrote:
13 May 2022, 4:09pm
Kory wrote:
13 May 2022, 3:51pm
revbob wrote:
13 May 2022, 3:34pm
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ARE there memes?
I cant do this alone!!
Well, Adele is helping.

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 14 May 2022, 5:45am
by Dr. Medulla
So, everybody loves a sequel to a shitty movie, right? When we last left the story, two new traps at been left in case #3 was still on site. My additional fear was baited traps would *attract* new intruders, so I sprayed the stairs with a cayenne/tabasco mixture. Around 9.30 last night, one trap snapped shut. Yup, okay, #3 has presumably been snared, our long national Olafmare will soon be over. And throughout the night he/she banged on the cage and all that. Nothing was heard from the second trap, so all is good. And then, at 4.30, racoon screaming. If you've never heard a racoon scream, it's horrible. We flip on the outside light and look behind the blind and there's another racoon pawing at the guy in the cage (who is the screamer). No, there's three. So we flip the light on and off and the Boss starts yelling at them, which had the desired effect—they left, the trapped guy stopped screaming. Oddly, and thankfully, none of that gang went to the other trap, which is still empty. What a shit show. But I'll call to have both traps taken away today and hopefully yet another sequel isn't made.

And I guess the whole cayenne/tabasco thing doesn't work. We're going to get some coyote urine spray today and see what that does (both as a deterrent and a frisky cologne).

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 14 May 2022, 6:54am
by revbob
Dr. Medulla wrote:
14 May 2022, 5:45am
So, everybody loves a sequel to a shitty movie, right? When we last left the story, two new traps at been left in case #3 was still on site. My additional fear was baited traps would *attract* new intruders, so I sprayed the stairs with a cayenne/tabasco mixture. Around 9.30 last night, one trap snapped shut. Yup, okay, #3 has presumably been snared, our long national Olafmare will soon be over. And throughout the night he/she banged on the cage and all that. Nothing was heard from the second trap, so all is good. And then, at 4.30, racoon screaming. If you've never heard a racoon scream, it's horrible. We flip on the outside light and look behind the blind and there's another racoon pawing at the guy in the cage (who is the screamer). No, there's three. So we flip the light on and off and the Boss starts yelling at them, which had the desired effect—they left, the trapped guy stopped screaming. Oddly, and thankfully, none of that gang went to the other trap, which is still empty. What a shit show. But I'll call to have both traps taken away today and hopefully yet another sequel isn't made.

And I guess the whole cayenne/tabasco thing doesn't work. We're going to get some coyote urine spray today and see what that does (both as a deterrent and a frisky cologne).
What is attracting them to your place to begin with?

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 14 May 2022, 7:23am
by Dr. Medulla
revbob wrote:
14 May 2022, 6:54am
What is attracting them to your place to begin with?
The original three was curiosity, I think. There's no food or garbage left outside. Everybody's yard gets visited and that night they just decided to take a gander up the stairs. And then for some reason the two smaller ones located themselves under the sofa as the sun rose, so mom had to stick around. My guess as to gang number two is that they were investigating the noise and presumably smell of the current inmate (who is currently making a racket dragging the empty can of cat food that was bait back and forth on the cage, like he's demanding to speak to the warden). So there's nothing that should be attracting them; it was just random bad luck that got compounded. That nobody from gang number two checked out the other trap is surprising, but thank Christ. We're hoping various odour and light deterrents can discourage curiosity going forward, especially while we wait for the gate to be installed on the deck (I don't think it'll stop a determined animal but enough to dissuade someone that doesn't want to expend the energy).

Re: Wildlife Encounters

Posted: 14 May 2022, 10:51am
by Mimi
revbob wrote:
14 May 2022, 6:54am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
14 May 2022, 5:45am
So, everybody loves a sequel to a shitty movie, right? When we last left the story, two new traps at been left in case #3 was still on site. My additional fear was baited traps would *attract* new intruders, so I sprayed the stairs with a cayenne/tabasco mixture. Around 9.30 last night, one trap snapped shut. Yup, okay, #3 has presumably been snared, our long national Olafmare will soon be over. And throughout the night he/she banged on the cage and all that. Nothing was heard from the second trap, so all is good. And then, at 4.30, racoon screaming. If you've never heard a racoon scream, it's horrible. We flip on the outside light and look behind the blind and there's another racoon pawing at the guy in the cage (who is the screamer). No, there's three. So we flip the light on and off and the Boss starts yelling at them, which had the desired effect—they left, the trapped guy stopped screaming. Oddly, and thankfully, none of that gang went to the other trap, which is still empty. What a shit show. But I'll call to have both traps taken away today and hopefully yet another sequel isn't made.

And I guess the whole cayenne/tabasco thing doesn't work. We're going to get some coyote urine spray today and see what that does (both as a deterrent and a frisky cologne).
What is attracting them to your place to begin with?
Doc, do you think this has anything to do with the guy you met recently? Maybe he sent his army of raccoons after you. :shifty: