We Have Raccoons!!!

United States
April 5, 2012 3:51am CST
Okay, I suppose most folks around here will yawn at my excitement but you must remember where I come from. No, folks, we do not have raccoons in Alaska...at least, not in my neck of the woods. So I cleaned the litterbox tonight and when I do that, I always take the bag out to the garbage can on my porch right away. When I got out there, I heard what I thought was a cat or maybe a squirrel climbing my tree so I looked to see and there was this masked little face peering at me through the fork in the trunk. I was thrilled! I love seeing wildlife of any kind but especially when it's a new animal to add to my list of "yes, I've seen one". Up until tonight I have never seen a raccoon outside of pictures much less in the wild. Now, my home isn't really out in the woods here but we do live on the outskirts of town so we get a little more wildlife than if we lived downtown. Still, this was just too much fun. I just had to share with all my friends. Just wish I'd had a camera. This is just too cool...it will remain imprinted upon my memory for life! Don't you just love when you spot some wildlife that you normally would not see?
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@sishy7 (27606)
• Australia
5 Apr 12
The most exciting wildlife animal I've seen was a peacock in my back yard. Must have come from a Botany Park few miles away. I've seen skunks, they're not the same as raccoons, are they?
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• United States
5 Apr 12
No, skunks aren't the same as raccoons. I have yet to see a live skunk. Since moving from Alaska to the lower 48 states I have smelled plenty of skunks but never met one except as road kill. However, as a child I did meet a pet skunk, which doesn't qualify as wildlife since it was tame and had its scent glands removed.
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@louievill (19322)
• Philippines
5 Apr 12
We do not have raccoons here and last time I saw one was in the Manila Zoo a long long time ago, we do have flying lemurs in the Southern provinces that fascinated me so much the first time I saw one, guess you felt that way too when you encountered the raccoon.
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• United States
5 Apr 12
Oh, wow. I have yet to meet a lemur, too. That would be fun!
@owlwings (39601)
• Cambridge, England
5 Apr 12
I remember the first time that I met a raccoon. It was around midnight in the middle of Beverly Hills and I was standing on the balcony having a quiet smoke. We regarded each other (separated by the balcony rail) for some moments and I was rather taken aback by its size - as big as a medium-sized dog - and remembered what I had heard about their teeth. I didn't fancy being any closer than I was, really. If the raccoon could have spoken, it clearly would have said "Hmph! Another of those human things breathing smoke! Should I scuttle or just ignore it? Nothing to worry about ... carry on!" And it did just that! I, too, wished that I had had a camera. It had a cute face and delicate hand-like front paws (as raccoons do) but the rest of it was a large, shaggy doormat. I didn't think that Davy Crockett's c00n-skin hat was half as attractive after that! (I just discovered another harmless word which MyLot objects to! )
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• United States
5 Apr 12
I have seen my share of wildlife, coming from Alaska as I do. When I lived in California I met an opossum (which we don't have in Alaska) one night which was almost as fun as meeting this raccoon. I was in my car then, though, and not in my home. I remember stopping the car and getting out to try to get a closer look but it disappeared before I could get too close.
@topffer (35528)
• France
5 Apr 12
Have you badgers in Alaska ? They climb easily trees and are more "human friendly" than raccoons, but you rarely see them during the day. I like wildlife, I make often walks in the woods, but what remains in my memory is rather frightening encounters, like snakes, wild boars, or a wild sow with her children -- I was at a few feet of them when we saw each other, and we decided together to run away in opposite directions --.
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• United States
5 Apr 12
No, we don't have badgers in Alaska but we do have wolverines which have about the same temperament. I always thought badgers were mean-tempered. Funny you should think them more friendly than raccoons.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
9 Apr 12
hi dear alaskanray, we dont have raccoons over here but I would be thrilled as well seeing one. A few years when I was ill for quite a while with an herniated disc, I started feeding the birds on the balcony. To my surprise not only blackbirds and sparrows found their way to their meal but different sorts of finches as well. Was soooo cute. But sadly wild pigeons and crows found the food too so we had to stop......
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• Lippstadt, Germany
10 Apr 12
Ohhhhh I would like to have a squirrel visiting us as they are so cute. But none has found the way here yet. It would get a lot of nuts and attention for sure.
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• United States
10 Apr 12
Yes, they are cute. We have plenty around here, too. The squirrels in California are huge, though! I never saw one so big as those in California! Back home in Alaska the main thing we saw was porcupines...and usually as road kill! Poor little guys! I could never understand how anyone could hit a porcupine! It's not like they dash out in front of you. They move slowly at all times, even when they are running away! So cute!
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
6 Apr 12
I live in the Poconos where deer cross through my yard a few times a day. There are also squirrels, no big deal, except for one who sometimes climbs on the railing outside the sun room and jumps off, and there are chipmunks in the yard, which is the second place I have ever seen any (near Lake Tahoe was the first). I have occasionally seen wild turkeys and even a bear once, although I've heard from neighbors he's been around more than than. When I first moved in, there used to be a groundhog around. I didn't mind him, in fact thought he was cute. That was until something started attacking my garden, just at the point when my cucumber plants were ready to produce. I tried setting a hav a hart trap to catch him but it was too small (designed for a rabbit). So I bought a raccoon trap and set it for the groundhog, then guess what. I caught a raccoon. It was rather cute in the trap and I almost feel a little sad that I relocated him to the state woods, but then I don't know if he was attacking the garden or the groundhog. On my second try, I caught the groundhog. He was quite as cute. In fact he seemed pretty annoyed in the trap. I took him to the woods too.
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• United States
6 Apr 12
How fun! I think the most exciting spotting I ever did was of a lynx! My daughter and I were moving from Alaska, driving through Canada and there was this lynx just sauntering down the side of the highway! Way cool! In my travels I've spotted a lot of different wildlife from bison to a pika(sp?) and have snapped some pretty exciting photos in the process. It's always fun and gives me a feeling of hope for the world that these wonderful creatures are still to be seen.
• United States
5 Apr 12
Hahaha,I understand your excitement seeing an animal you have never seen before. I am an animal lover so I can just imagine my reaction... Since you have never seen one I'm assuming you never experienced their wrath.lol Make sure the lid on your trash can is tight tight,and you may want to try to tie your trash can down to the ground because as soon as you turn your back thy will nick your trash can down get that lid off and tear into you trash till every inch of your yard is covered in it lmfao.. I promise! oh and um they are very angry creatures that will attack is they feel threatened soooo as cool as they may seem they are a headache...just giving you heads up.lol
• United States
5 Apr 12
lol...every area has its own pesky garbage eaters. In Alaska it was the black bears and ravens but it never kept me from enjoying them. I am a very savvy wildlife co-habiter, believe me. (is that even a word? Oh, well. I just made it up then, I guess.)
@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
5 Apr 12
AHA.....you got the gift of the "l'il rascals" I Fed-X'd to you..did you? They are the source of many, many a sleepless night for me...NOT my favourite furry thing! I live on an Island...and we are inundated with them..and they can be VERY destructive...and are one of the carriers of some of the nastiest diseases! Just corner one in your kitchen..and they aren't sooooooo CUTE! Nothing is OFF limits for their intrusion...do NOT corner one, even inadvertently....YOU be the one that backs OFF! And keep your PETS from them, too!
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• United States
5 Apr 12
LOL...I am a veteran wildlife observer and always give wild animals plenty of room. I still thrill when I spot one, though. I have dealt with bears and moose so raccoons are nothing to deal with for me.