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Re: War Zone

So, what have you been using in the potting soil, Jim?  Any
bloodmeal, bonemeal or fish based anything?  If you're using any of
that sort of stuff, it probably is sure the tasty morsel is down in
that pot somewhere if only it can get to it.  Poor critter is hungry
and looking for a meal.

Trapping raccoons this time of year is not really a grand thing as
they may have a nest of babies somewhere who will then starve to
death...a longish sort of process.  Mamma coons are pretty desperate
for food this time of year as nursing takes a lot out of them and
there's not a lot of food around - tho' in your part of the world,
that's probably not the case as it's always summer where you are.

I'm surprised it's not going after any ripe fruit you've got growing
around - coons love fruit.

Get a bag of cheap dog kibble and put some at a far corner
somewhere....if it is a raccoon, it will find it and leave your pots
(or bird feeders) alone.

Kitty...they do mess up water; love to play in it plus they don't
manufacture much saliva, so wash everything they eat in water to help
slurp it up.  Of course, they track whatever's on their paws into the
water as well...regular sludge mess in the big pot bottom I use to
provide them with water - I have to rinse it out every night before
filling it again.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> We have become beset by a raccoon. It [sex unknown] has been
> our back patio for a few weeks now, ripping up nearly every newly 
> potted plant. It leaves alone those plants that have been potted
> enough for the soil to firm up, but if the soil is somewhat loose,
> tears it up. Ms Fatma spent a good part of yesterday repotting some

> cacti, a Madagascar palm, and other miscellaneous stuff--only to
> them overturned, ripped out, and soil scattered everywhere this 
> morning. Like a child had a tantrum.
> Pest-catcher-killer guy has just left. He scoured the yard and
> raccoon scat [that's how we ID'd the creature], and is coming back 
> tomorrow with a trap. I suppose it will be one of those
> traps, which is okay as long as once the raccoon is inside, he
> it in a lake.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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