Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Masked Bandit Mania

Seems the cooler temperatures last week got the Raccoons on the move. All of the cornfields are chopped and seeded with rye and they’re back in the woods looking for something else to eat. Acorns are the big attraction at this set. The tree on the right hand side of the pics is an oak that had plenty of acorns this year. The acorns were fairly small due to the dry weather this summer but there are a lot of them. And there are a couple of other big oaks nearby also.








































































13 comments:

Farmchick said...

I love a cute raccoon. Saw an albino one on "Billy the Exterminator" on A&E this afternoon.

texwisgirl said...

They're so cute - too bad they're so destructive!!!

Joe said...

Farmchick - That's interesting. I don't think I've ever seen an albino for real or anywhere else.

texwisgirl - Yeah, they like to get into everything.

Rachel said...

I've been so thankful for the bumper crop of acorns this year... I think they have kept the bear out of my trash can!

Liesl said...

That is just so cute! They look kinda hungry,they don't hibernate in Winter do they? I am trying to recall what I have seen on tv,I am sure they don't! Please put a sound clip on of the sound they make when you can..
xoxo

heyBJK said...

Those suckers are going at it! The little ones are cute, but adult coons can be hostile! Gotta be cautious with the bandits.

vickie said...

those racoons are huge! Does anyone go coon hunting around there?
vickie

Joe said...

Rachel - Thanks for stopping by. The bears are a lot like a Raccoon...they like to get into everything they shouldn't be into.

Liesl - I think the Raccoons are like kids...they're always hungry :). No, they don't hibernate. They're out and about all winter.

hey BJK - You're right! I live trapped a big boar last summer that was tearing down the sweet corn in the garden and I was nervous just moving the cage. He was right down vicious.

Joe said...

vickie - There are a few people that still hunt the Raccoons at night with hounds and a few that trap them but not nearly as many as there use to be. They use to be able to make some money selling the hides. The ones that still do it just like listening to and messing with their dogs. I'm sure they don't make enough anymore to pay for the upkeep on the dogs year round.

Nancy@el vigilante said...

Joe, my husband trapped through the 1980s because there wasn't much work for ironworkers. He kept coonhounds for that purpose and yes, that's something that's gone by the wayside, thanks to misinformation and propaganda (my opinion.) We don't get many coons around here because of the dogs -- but I do occasionally hear them playing in the yard at night, trying to get into the bird feeders.

Great to see them on your camera doing what they do. Thanks!

ga.farmwoman said...

I know we have lots of raccoons around here but we rarely see them. I want a wildlife camera for Christmas now! I love the pictures.

I just showed my 4 year old grandson your pictures and he loved them too!

Have a great weekend.
Pam

Gorges Smythe said...

My first time to your site. Interesting idea for a blog!

Joe said...

Pam - Thanks. Glad you and your grandson enjoyed them. The cameras are a lot of fun.

Gorges - Thank you and thanks for stopping by.