That was the idea. Can't shoot them if you're living in suburbs, so how else are you going to get rid of them?
Yes it's possible for them to leave other animals alone, but Raccoons are also perfectly capable of killing other animals for no apparent reason. Plenty of food, plenty of space, but they will sometimes invade an area and chase off or kill whatever they can and then not even move into that area. Why do they do this? Who knows.You just have to accept that we share the planet with other life forms. If the cats are outdoors the best we can do for them is make sure they are TNR'd, vaccinated, fed and provided with shelter.
Raccoons can live peacefully alongside cats as long as they are not in competition for resources. The only way to make sure cats don't come into conflict with other animals is to bring them indoors or keep them in an enclosure, and even that may not be 100% safe.
They're a wild animal, a native species. They've got just as much right to be there as anyone else. It's pretty inhumane to shoot them or dump them in a place they won't survive just because their presence is inconvenient to you, don't you think?That was the idea. Can't shoot them if you're living in suburbs, so how else are you going to get rid of them?
I guess humans are pretty confusing to them too. They way they invade an area, chop down all the trees, kill all the wildlife, start fires, pollute the water and the air, drive other species to extinction, destroy the planet to the point that even human beings have to struggle to survive on it.......they will sometimes invade an area and chase off or kill whatever they can and then not even move into that area. Why do they do this? Who knows.
I'm sure if any of that were true it would have been reported in the media.we just had to have a gaze of 30 plus raccoons put down due to attacks on human beings, children and pets. One woman had her pit bull torn apart by the raccoons. They all had zombie disease.
What you are saying sounds extreme. If it is hearsay, it is best not to repeat it. If there is a news item about it, it's best to share it.It was reported in the media. St Louis doesn't always share our news nationally since we have a bad rep after the Ferguson Riots.
I was refering to this comment you made, and not your personal situation:Well to be honest, I do realize that the media exaggerates a lot but healthy raccoons do not surround and corner a human. I'm sorry I did not contact the news when they did that to me and again I do not have the money to weekly repair the wiring to the garage that they chewed through or the roof they ruined. I didn't think of taking photos of it before it was fixed as some of you know the Mom situation. I'll have to respectfully disagree on this point with you as I was very frightened when surrounded by those raccoons.
Inconvenient would be knocking over trash cans and ripping the bags open while they scavenge for something to eat. In my area Raccoons have proven themselves to be aggressive toward domestic animals and sometimes even dangerous to humans, that is beyond merely inconvenient.They're a wild animal, a native species. They've got just as much right to be there as anyone else. It's pretty inhumane to shoot them or dump them in a place they won't survive just because their presence is inconvenient to you, don't you think?
But that's not the case here, is it? The story about zombie raccoons killing a pit bull and attacking a child wasn't reported or exaggerated by the media. It was something you heard and repeated, or made up yourself.Well to be honest, I do realize that the media exaggerates a lot
I’m a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in mammals.Not to be contrary but we just had to have a gaze of 30 plus raccoons put down due to attacks on human beings, children and pets. One woman had her pit bull torn apart by the raccoons. They all had zombie disease. They also carry rabies and other fatal diseases to humans even though they themselves may never suffer rabies. I know this from volunteering at the wildlife rescue center. Where do we draw the line? We can't have raccoons running around attacking people or we'll have an epidemic like the plague in the dark ages. And I personally cannot afford to pay 5K in damages every week by them. It's sad that we have taken over their habitat but we can't just pack up and move into tree houses. I'm not saying sit outside with a shotgun and shoot them but something has to be done. Which is where wildlife officials and rescue centers come in. I'm sorry if I sound contrary but when I was surrounded by 6 raccoons the other day while taking out the trash I realized that we have a problem that needs to be dealt with. And it turned out that they all had zombie disease. Yes sadly another gaze moves in and the cycle of viciousness and destruction continues.
Why would I leave them in my yard? I take them far into the woods or an open field and drop them off. And no, the neighbors do not complain. I live in farm country and the only neighbor anywhere near close enough to be bothered by it has their own issues with Raccoons breaking into their Chicken coop and killing Chickens.Leaving animal corpses outside to rot is only going to attract other scavengers. It won't just be the vultures that come to eat them. You'll attract coyotes, more raccoons and foxes too.
What's more it must be very unpleasant to live with the smell of rotting animal corpses. Don't the neighbours complain?
Now you are just being insulting.The thing is Talien even after you've trapped and killed every raccoon and fox, and shot all the coyotes and possums, and poisoned the owls and the buzzards and the neighbourhood dogs, your outdoor cats are still going to be vulnerable. They're vulnerable to other cats, to cars, to disease, to people of a similar mindset to you. Those who think the only way to save the songbirds is to kill every cat they see.
I do keep my pets inside, why would you think I let them out when there are multitudes of predators in the area? It makes no sense.