This is my Raccoon Story
One night laying in bed on a peaceful fall evening - my wife and I heard a noise that I will never ever be able to describe. To the best of my ability I would have to say it was a mix sound between a dog and a cat killing each other. The sound was so loud I could not believe my neighbors were not up. After about 10 minutes the sound went away and I really thought my neighbors dog had been eaten by something. To make this story half way short and readable I will stop there and tell you it was 2 raccoons fighting. I found this out a couple days later when my neighbor saw the coons on my roof. I spent the next 4 days in Coon Hell! A raccoon was living in my attic with her 3 babies and I had to get them out before I went crazy. I found out the mother had dug a hole into my attic by way of my roof - shredded roofing material, and bent flashing so that she could have a home for her babies. R U Frickin kidding Me? The next 4 nights I was on a mission. The momma coon would leave her babies every night at about 9pm so first I blocked her from getting back in my attic and to her babies. Then I would wait for her to come back by sitting on my roof in war paint. She would climb over my backyard fence every night at 2:30 am. I could almost set my clock by it. She would then climb 1 of 5 gutters - depending on where I was situated on the roof and make a run for her babies. When she found out that I had a entry way blocked off she would try another and another. If it was not for my friend I would have had scratches and bites up and down my body. I can't tell you his name because I live in the city but he is skinny and brown and these metal things come out of it very fast. The coon did not like my buddy. My plan at this point was to remove the babies in the morning and everything would be over. Wrong! When I went to rescue the little ones they would hide in a special place that momma had made for them by chewing our house. I could not get to the babies. Plan B! I have always had trouble asking for help so plan B was to starve the babies. I figured all I need to do was to keep momma coon away for a couple of days and in this heat they would die. During this time a couple of Friends let me use their live traps to catch the momma coon. I tried everything and actually caught her 3 times and all three times she escaped. Live traps do not work on momma coons! After 3 days and nights of fighting off momma coon I finally asked for help and the pictures below describe how my neighbor saved me. Thanks Chris!
This picture was taken on the 4th day. I had been up and on watch for 3 nights and 4 days and this would be my 4th night of being up. This is a picture of the outer soffit of my house. The babies would go from my attic to this area when they felt danger. We finally trapped them here and they had no where to go - they could not get back in my attic. The only way we could get them out of this area was to pry the soffit board "which they are laying on" loose and shove them down into a fishing net.
The Mother Raccoon had chewed a hole from the attic into the outer soffit big enough for only her babies to fit through. We boarded this area shut so they could not get back into the attic.
The Baby Raccoons climbed to the highest point of the outer soffit to avoid being caught. I would say it had to be 110 degrees with no air flow. We shoved them down the soffit board into a fish net.My neighbor holding 1 of 4 of my nightmares. Don't they look sooo _____! Do not say it! These things are evil and will rip your family and house apart. Just look at their hands and feet - not only do they have fingers but claws at the end. Raccoons are a house destroying machine. If you hear noises in your attic - Find out fast if it is a Coon!
The only way I knew of letting Momma Coon know that her babies where no longer in my attic was to put them inside a cage within a cage so the mother could not get to them and also realize she did not have to tear my home apart any longer.
This is not a very clear picture but this is a picture of momma coon trying to get to her babies. If you ever rescue raccoon babies from your house - never lock them inside a cage for momma coon to see. Momma coon worked all night trying to pull her babies through two cages. If it wasn't for me harassing her and the morning sun - she would have skinned them alive.
The next morning we took the babies to a shelter and I have not seen the mother since. Good night! I am tired.
Drinking a beverage with my good neighbor and going to bed. I would like to thank all my Friends with their help and suggestions. I tried them all. Thanks Shawn for the traps and Joe for the great idea of playing Brittany Spears music in the attic. Yes, I did try that also but someone told me to leave it blasting for 2 days and they will leave. That was not happening! One more thing! If you think that your home owners insurance covers you for this kind of loss - you might want to check it out! I have a clause in mine that actually says damage from raccoons is not covered!
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