For a week now, there have been baited Have-A-Heart traps on my second floor veranda waiting for The Raccoon (The Beast in the Attic) to go for the sardines.
The guys from Adcock's Trapping Service, the professionals I had to call in, were becoming concerned that this fellow might be what they call "trap smart". Like he'd been through the drill before.
I accused Trapper John of coddling the raccoon. I wanted him gone.
He's been quite happy, sleeping in my warm attic by day, then crashing in and out as he leaves for a night of carousing and knocking over the neighborhood garbage cans, then comes back early in the morning. By Monday, when Trapper John showed up to re bait the existing trap and add a couple of others, I was getting sick of the beast. Sunday night, Dick actually went online to see if he could find out what the penalty might be for shooting this pest - would he just have to pay a fine, or would they throw him in jail?
I'd actually had a conversation with Adcock about the possibility of using a "lethal" trap, then my liberal guilt kicked in, and I decided to give him another couple of days.
Finally, last night at about 11:30, I heard some crashing around on the veranda, the location of the baited traps. I turned on the light, and I could see that one trap had been sprung and there was somebody furry - and pretty pissed off - trying to get out.
So the saga is over. They will seal up the spot where he was letting himself in, and they'll take the animal to a better place. I'm told he'll be relocated to a beautiful 4-H camp ground far enough away that he won't be able to find his way back.
Living near Rock Creek Park is wonderful. There are hiking trails withing an easy walk from my house. The place is teeming with deer, raccoons, possums and even a few foxes and coyotes. And I guess the price I have to pay is the occasional visit from someone who is supposed to be living in the park - especially when it's cold and icy outside!
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