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Carol Perkins: Many have helped with raccoon invasion

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By Carol Perkins

In the last several weeks, I have been "bellyaching" about raccoons. Not only have they invaded our home, they have also shut down two sections of our county's electrical supply. When a raccoon can manage to electrocute himself, he is looking in the wrong place for food.

In desperation, we have tried many avenues to get rid of them and still feed our birds, but they continued to appear at night, sometimes looking in the window as if they expect to be invited inside. The only way to get them out of sight is to open the back door. That only lasted long enough for the door to close.

One of my good friends suggested bringing over her collection of snakes. Rubber snakes. They had served her well in ridding her property of unwanted pests, so she researched their effect on raccoons. As expected, raccoons don't buddy around with snakes. Linda brought over her snakes, and even when we laid them on the kitchen table, I jumped. I have never seen such realistic "toys."

After dark, Guy placed the fake snakes around the birdfeeder and prepared to run off the nosey raccoons. Two snakes went around the base of the pole and one on top of the feeder. He set his night camera to catch any action, but to his dismay, he saw no attempt from a raccoon to get to the birdfeeder. Maybe the word had spread down the holler and throughout the caves to avoid the Perkins' birdfeeder because of the snakes! Same thing the next night; no sign of a raccoon. We were concerned that the snakes would keep away our birds, but they paid no attention to them. Neither did the squirrels. Guy saw a squirrel stand on top of the snake and shimmy up the pole.

When I complain about the raccoons, I am often told to catch and release, which we have done three times (with help from good friends). We are lucky to know someone who wants these critters to train his dogs, but who in the world would want raccoons released in their neighborhoods otherwise? They go through garbage, destroy wires, and are a general nuisance. Yet, some people FEED them as pets. Encourage them to come around. They are not pets and can be dangerous.

I'm moving on to another saga. I'm sure one will appear. We have seen no raccoons in the last week, and we do believe the fake snakes solved that problem. One thing about a small town, people try to help each other. Many have helped us with our raccoon invasion. Maybe the battle is over.

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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