The kits are becoming more active, romping through the space above my sleeping/living area, one room in this case. My barking and growling slows them down little. I growled when two kits were practicing being destructive by scratching the ceiling tiles. I cannot have them scratching holes into my ceiling.
For the last three days, things on the porch and in the flower bed outside the picture window across the end of the room have been moved around. They knocked a gallon jug down the steps, along with a plastic window box. Thankfully, the glass jug did not break. The heavy metal key to the water meter was knocked off the bbq grill. That means they are climbing the vinyl cover.....sigh.
Dusting off the trap will be my next move. If I catch the Mama, maybe the babies will be easier to trap. If I trap a baby, Mama may jump me. Or, she might dig her way through the ceiling. She is huge.
At that point, I might just let her have the house. Have you ever seen the destruction a raccoon can cause? I have, but I cannot find the sites now. One site showed how the raccoons had opened every cabinet, the refrigerator and freezer. They destroyed the furniture, ripping the upholstery, pooping and peeing everywhere.
As long as they don't get my hens, I can handle this annoyance and get rid of them. Raccoons like strawberries and shiny things. If I put a can of sardines or tuna in the trap as some advise, I just catch cats.
I was talking to a young man about raccoons and their love of shiny objects. He said the steal his tools on the farm, carrying off pliers, wrenches, sometimes his cap. Often, he finds a cache of his tools.
One supermarket was caught selling raccoons for $9.99/lb. The raccoons were not dressed. Imagine seeing a dead raccoon with its bloody fur just thrown in with the other frozen meat. When the article starts, just click the commercial to make it go away--loud music.
When I hear scratching at the door, I never open it. This is why.
What is your experience with raccoons? What would you do if you went into a supermarket and saw a bloody raccoon's beady little eyes looking at you?