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    Posted 8 months ago

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    I like to collect examples of the local fauna. This is probably the most numerous of the carnivores here although it is a bit of an omnivore. There are some molar like teeth in the back of the jaw. Looks pretty much like a dog's jaw as far as the teeth go. The skull does not have the narrow snout of the canines. The shape of the skull is catlike but with dog-like teeth.
    The skull is about 5" long. The size of a small dog but much more dangerous. They can hold their own against a coyote.
    On summer night I like to sit on my deck in the peace and quiet. Until a pair of racoons try to kill each other that is. Quite the sound.


    1. keramikos keramikos, 8 months ago
      fortapache, Yeah, you don't really want to mess with raccoons, no matter how adorable they may look:
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 8 months ago
      I have hours of trail-cam videos of raccoons ravaging some bird feeders I had hanging from a tree. They are so determined and industrious, it’s impossible to outsmart them when food is involved!
      It was always fun to check the videos after I would find the feeders wrecked, askew, torn down and totally empty. There was always several raccoons working as a team, some on the ground and at least one up on the feeders doing whatever it took to get to the food and knock it to the ground.
    3. fortapache fortapache, 8 months ago
      Thank you very much keramikos. That is an adorable racoon.

      Thank you very much Watchsearcher. They haven't gotten to my bird food yet. I think it is racoon birthing season now. They new crop should be running around in June.

    4. fortapache fortapache, 8 months ago
      Thank you
    5. keramikos keramikos, 7 months ago
      fortapache, You're welcome.

      I don't know if you've ever seen any press about Pumpkin the raccoon before, but she apparently was adopted when she was still a baby. She had fallen out of a tree, had a broken leg, and had been abandoned by her birth mother:

      I have to remind myself that no matter how adorable Pumpkin looks, raccoons are really not suitable as pets.

      It's the same way with a lot of species, especially chimpanzees. Intellectually, I know that an adolescent chimpanzee can literally rip a human being to pieces, but when I watch old Tarzan movies, and I see Cheetah, I say to myself, "Sweetheart!"

      Never mind that they had to watch 'Cheetah' closely around Maureen O'Sullivan, because the former was 'jellus' of the latter, and Weissmuller himself kept a baseball bat handy on set.

      I had to wonder what raccoons sound like when they're fighting, and apparently it's not a whole lot more pleasant than when domestic cats fight:

      That would definitely harsh a nice summer evening.
    6. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 7 months ago
      I would not want to tangle with one either. They can certainly stand their ground and make any potential predictor sorry they went to the trouble of trying to get a raccoon!
      On our trail cam, we saw one with the group one night which had no tail. Since they stayed till they had eaten all they wanted, I got a good view of him (or her) from all sides and there was no sign of a tail. I wondered if he was born that way or lost it in some violence.
      I think he may have been rejected as a baby if he had been born different like that, but I’m no animal behavior buff.
      I do know they eat everything left outside and foul the cat’s water with food debris.
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 7 months ago
      I’m so nutty...didn’t mean to submit twice!
    8. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      keramikos I have had the pleasure of listening to racoons fight many times. When I go out see what is happening I expect to see blood, guts and something dead but apparently they sound worse then they are.
      I have heard about Cheetah. Johnny used to slug Cheetah hard to show who is boss. Luckily that was a young chimp as an adult would be almost impossible to handle.
    9. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Watchsearcher I saw a tail impaired racoon the other night. My guess is some sort of violence. My cats are not allowed out but I do toss garbage out and something gets it. If I put it in the trash I get trash everywhere. Even freezing garbage doesn't work.
    10. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank you
    11. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank you
    12. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank you Trey.
    13. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 7 months ago
      I raised two raccoons from babies and kept them as pets. I have to say that they made wonderful pets! They were very intelligent and used to get into a lot of trouble however.
    14. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank yopu very much vintagelamp. Seems they did like to get into trouble like burrowing through a wall.
    15. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank you stuff.
    16. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank you jscott0363.

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