Mark Mazer via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sat, 27 Jun 2020 08:01:12 PDT
FWIW: trapping and then relocating racoons in New York is illegal. The law
states that they should be euthanized.

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC

On Sat, Jun 27, 2020 at 10:26 AM Ernie DeMarie via pbs <
pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:

> Raccoons are a real menace here as they get into the pool and eat fish.
> But of course the thing that really ticks me off is that they chew up
> waterlily flowers and go dig up the rhizomes so roots end up floating on
> the surface. So they must be trapped and removed but the havahart traps are
> not consistent in trapping them, either they have some clever way to get
> the bait (marshmallows and or peanut butter work well) or they perhaps dont
> scoot end all the way and are able to back out.  We've also had them bend
> traps (their newer traps are not as sturdy as the old ones were) and in one
> case they took off the handle while inside and we never found where it
> went.  That trap has to be carried by my wife and myself both when it gets
> a raccoon.  Most often the raccoons are afraid and remain quiet till
> release (very far away--best to go 15 or more miles as they are supposedly
> good at finding their way back) but occasionally we get an aggressive one
> that hisses and carries on.  Those can be quite scary at times.  Grace
> breaks down any large cardboard boxes we get to make flat pieces of
> cardboard to put in the back of my car as they are needed.  Why?  Because
> the disgusting raccoons tend to crap and otherwise make a mess of the
> bottom of their cage and this prevents getting the back of the car dirty.
> We keep several layers of cardboard in there at all times, so we can throw
> away dirty pieces as needed.  Transporting them is not fun either, they
> stink and windows need to be kept open.  I don't know how to set up an
> electric fence, especially around a pool with brick patio on one side and a
> cement walk on the other.  For the root problems, we have recently started
> taking the bird mesh and tying rocks to it, placing it over any roots
> floating on the surface, and sinking it to trap the roots and bring them
> back down.  We  are hoping that the mesh will confuse future raccoon
> efforts to dig up waterlily roots and rhizomes. This year the chipmunks
> decimated the crocus more so than usual.  This in spite of frequent
> trapping and removal.  For some reason their population was extremely high
> this spring but it seems to be coming down a bit lately.   If it werent for
> certain mammals, gardening would be a hell of a lot easier....Ernie
> DeMarieZ6/7 border NY where Alstroemeria aurea is making quite a show and
> is self seeding a bit.  Buds on some agapanthus, lilies beginning to open
> with more to come, earlier season hemerocallis blooming nicely, and some
> dierama still in flower.  Weather has been oddly dry and sunny for weeks
> but rain is coming today.  Overall this kind of weather is very good for
> most of what I grow.
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