I avoided a gang of raccoons this morning
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
January 20, 2018 8:29am CST
It is not an uncommon sight for me to see raccoons during my early morning walks when it is still dark but I had not seen any in months. This morning I spied the ambling figure of a raccoon up ahead followed by another then a second and then a third. Four raccoons were too many for me so I crossed the street to the other side. These raccoons did not retreat as they normally do when spotting me. I next saw a fifth raccoon. Even though the trailing four were not small this must have been a mama and four cubs. They were rooting around a storm drain looking for morsels. The raccoon glaring at me must have been the mother as it raised itself up on hind legs in a defensive stance as we engaged in a stare down. This with auto traffic going on. Man has really messed up nature by creating an environment where so much refuse keeps these animals fat and sassy with countless hiding places and only predators coyotes and passing cars. Raccoons may look cool but they are vicious animals and their population is out of control in my area.
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• Olney, Illinois
Normally they are only 'vicious' if cornered or threatened. But so is an opossum. Hitchhiking at night long ago, I kicked something as I was walking along. Ended up being a 'possum that proceeded to try and climb my leg. I left...quickly.
• Paso Robles, California
I read a book years ago about a woman who fed all the wild critters every night. She actually prepared food for dozens of raccoons, skunks, possums, others, and they would visit her every night to eat it. I can't remember the name of the book, but she much have been quite lonely to do that. She really enjoyed seeing her "pets' every night. I think raccoons are cute, and I had a few visit me in Templeton when we still had cats we were feeding outside. Wew watched them through the sliding glass door, but I know better than to get close to them. A friend told me how a raccoon had almost killed his dog. I think that was in Monterey Park. I guess they can be very vicious. I've only been close to one outside once -- when we were camping at Prairie Creek State Park and they came to our campsite to see if we had anything good to give them. We didn't.