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Raccoon 5, Homo Sapiens 1.

Just when I thought we'd foiled old Procyon lotor (better known as the Common Raccoon) he switched the focus of his nocturnal mischief to our other bird feeder.

Adding a 5 pound weight to one of the bird feeders prevented him from pulling it up into the tree and dumping out the seeds.

He just scampered over to the next branch, pulled up the other feeder and dumped it out. Wikipedia says that their natural predator is the cougar. I called Petsmart, but they're fresh out of mountain lions so I'll have to keep trying on my own.

Edited to add: This post was written by Dan who was also the mastermind behind adding the weight to the bird feeder. I gotta admit, I was pretty impressed.


  1. WOW, I didn't know that raccoons could be this much trouble. I thought they only got into the corn fields and corn/grain bins... Have you ever thought of live trappng him???

    The weight was pretty creative though.

  2. we're trying to live trap him tonight.

  3. dan says with his luck, he'll trap a skunk instead of a raccoon.

  4. Just a tip... Skunks can spray up to 15 feet away.:-)


  5. The weight is ingenious. :) Hope you catch the little critter. Plan B, you could order a mountain lion from Africa or something. :)


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