turdacres


why you need a game cam
July 19, 2012, 12:52 pm
Filed under: farm, gardening, tomatoes | Tags: , , ,

Sheesh, another year another chance for the wildlife to show us who’s boss. They’ve been out in full force, eating my tomatoes, and shearing my yarrow. I’ve been asking the doode to reinforce the fence with some buried chicken wire. Doode set out his trap and waited. A few coons were caught, but still the damage continued. But no, instead we plug up the holes the unknowns dig under the fence line with logs and bricks and sticks. The next day–logs are moved and tomatoes are shorter!!! ARGH!! Rather than do the hard labor, doode went for another tactic. Reconnaisance. Yep he bought a game cam. Hooked it up and pointed it at the trap and the hole in the fence. The next day we reviewed the pics:

1:24 am, nice smooth coat on this coon!

1:27 coon behind the trap

1:28 coon approaching trap

1:32 back on the other side of the fence?? coon #2??

1:52 –and a SKUNK?!

3:25 coon with ratty tail?

AYE?! Can’t believe what a superhighway this part of the yard is. Sheesh, it’s amazing we have anything left growing out there!

Next day doode turned the camera so we could see along the garden. This time we got both coons in the shot:

Somehow they seem like they’re mocking us. Check out this one:

one guy close up another one on the right

a nice mug shot!!

Sheesh. Just a reminder of how much goes on when the sun goes down!

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The more I read about racoons the more I think I don’t like them. We don’t get them in the UK, except of course on the Disney Channel where they are presented in rather more cuddly terms than in real life. Have you lost any chickens? And what can you do about them? Still enjoying your blog! Nic

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Thanks wingclipped! The chickens are in a fort knox set up so we haven’t lost any yet to predators. The raccoons can be quite destructive and they often have rabies here–esp if you see them in daylight. In a lot of cities over here–you really have to lock up your garbage cans as they are in them every night.

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