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Discussion in 'Camping Around Wildlife' started by firepit, Mar 18, 2021.
My racoon repellant is to be delivered today.
What is it, we may need that! Throwing sticks and rocks doesn't work!!
Oh, gads! I remember a trip to a state park in Wisconsin. So many eyes watching us from the edge of the woods! And don't try disposing of trash after dark. The gang of them hanging around the trash cans was very intimidating. Though the marauding skunks at a park in Missouri were more worrisome.
Had some friends camping and they left their cooking grill on the picnic table when calling it a night. Around midnight a few racoons dragged the grill into the woods.
Although we see 'possums more often.
A few years ago while camping at Indian Cave SP in nebraska, we were enjoying a cold adult beverage by the campfire. The biggest raccoon I have ever seen, came strolling up to us and seemed to say "where's my beer, and get me a plate of food to with it!". They'll eat anything you leave outdoors.
Indian cave is loaded with them and Deer and Turkeys.
The Racoons are bold...They will snatch up stuff right in front of you.
At Montana de Oro, I was backing into our spot. Truck off, wife & kid to bathroom. I went back to unhook the trailer, then back to the truck- there were 3 raccoons in the truck, through an open window, less than 5 minutes parked.
Yes, coons just like everything, get used to campers and see us as a food source. We've not camped and had this problem in many years. Makes we wonder why so few people boon-dock or only worry about bears.
A few years ago our friends who were camping with us decided to cook their burgers over the fire after dark. Probably 15 or more of us sitting around the fire. All of a sudden one of the kids screams & we all turn around just in time to see several racoons run away from the picnic table with their pack of burgers AND their buns
It looks like are expecting food there. What is normally in that bowl?
Normally bird food an kibble for the neighborhood 'possums.
and the coons when they can get it.
Add grackles, crows, & squirrels to the mix...I've seen people over the years leave bread & chip sacks out on a table, here they come after they leave lol, pecking/chewing holes to get to the good stuff...
I loved a PBS science program that looked at ravens and crows. It showed a group of snowmobilers taking a break and ravens deftly opening the velcro pockets on their packs and saddlebags to steal their granola bars and other trail food.
Ravens show ingenuity beyond what you would expect from a bird.