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1 Darn Raccoons on Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:04 pm

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I didn't notice a general pond topic so I thought I would toss this in here...

I built my pond about 11 years ago and we never saw a raccoon in our area until some 3-4 years ago. They never became a serious problem until last winter when they thrashed all my potted plants located on the plant shelf of the pond. They made a horrible mess and I had to remove all the plants from the shelf.

My pond has rocks and stone of various sizes laying on top of the rubber liner around the edges of the pond and also in the small stream. The most recent exploits of the raccoons has been to move the rocks around looking for something to eat. Many of them end up on the plant shelf. Several days ago my wife noticed the water in the pond was way down, about 1 foot. Upon investigating I found that they had been moving rocks around in the stream and they undermined the banks of the stream by removing some rocks and this caused the water to overflow the liner and soak into my sandy soil.

So yesterday I bought two cans of Great Stuff expanding foam. I then spent the day moving stones off of the edges of the liner at the banks of my little stream. I cleaned off the mud and gunk off the liner and today when it gets a bit warmer I plan to use the Great Stuff to glue those stone in place. Hopefully this will keep the rascals from displacing critical stones.

I used Great Stuff in a few critical areas and attached stones to the liner. It has held them in place for 11 years, thus I am fairly confident this will work.....

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2 Re: Darn Raccoons on Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:14 pm

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I hope so Mikey,those critters can be a real pain to deal w/ I've heard. So far they haven't bothered my pond. They just come looking for the cat food I put out for the feral cat but........ha,ha,I bring it in before they can get their grubby little paws on it. I guess I better get busy and add a general pond section eh?


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3 Re: Darn Raccoons on Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:40 pm

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I moved this topic up to our new General Pond Issues section ex[Koi]


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4 Re: Darn Raccoons on Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:55 pm

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I saw the new topic and thought, "Oh, there it is!" thinking I must have not seen it when I made the original post.... ex[giggle]

Thanks JW

Well, two cans of Great Stuff wasn't enough. I'm off to HD for more...

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5 Re: Darn Raccoons on Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:03 pm

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I hope that solves your problem, Mikey. Thankfully I haven't had problems with raccoons yet. They can sure make a mess in no time.


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6 Re: Darn Raccoons on Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:57 pm

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fishlipsmcgee wrote:I hope that solves your problem, Mikey. Thankfully I haven't had problems with raccoons yet. They can sure make a mess in no time.

Hey I just noticed your cool looking dogs there fishlips. Are they greyhound rescues? They are very pretty. My sis had one once w/ her boyfriend and the dog if it would get loose would run for miles and never turn back. They were lucky to get her back but she had tags and someone found her and got her back to them. I guess that's why they race them..............they just love to run


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7 Re: Darn Raccoons on Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:56 pm

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I love your gif., JW It looks just like my Jenny. Actually the white and black dog is mine and the balck one I doggie sit for often. She was here for about 6 weeks this summer. They moved to the other side of the state. She was here for the weekend a month ago and will be here again over Thanksgiving. Yes they are both rescues and both used to race in Florida.

The rescue groups here stress the importance of making sure they are in a securely fenced yard or on a leash at all times because of the dangers of them getting lose. They educate potential adopters on the sight hound breed and how they have 2000 years of breading and instinct to chase. They can see 1/2 mile and no matter how well trained they are or how many times they have gone from the car to the house without a lease before it just takes one time for that instinct to kick in and they chase after something. Your sister is very lucky to get her dog back. That is not usually the case. They usually get hit by a car running across a road. If my dog got loose due to negligence on my part the adoption group could take her away from me. I had to sign a very detailed contract when I adopted her. Their main concern is for the dogs, as it should be. They have had such a bum start in life, they deserve a good home.

It's not that they love to run. They have the ability to run fast and they have the instinct to chase. Actually they are called 45 MPH couch potatoes. My dog is happiest on the couch or her bed. They are not active dogs by nature.


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8 Re: Darn Raccoons on Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:09 pm

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Yes they had a completely fenced in yard and the dog figured out someway to get out and they were freaked out big time. It never happened again and she doesn't have the dog anymore as her boyfriend took it when he left. I didn't know that they didn't love to run. I guess their nose just gets the best of them and they keep on moving to find the next scent eh? I'm glad your Jenny has a good home with you ex[nod]


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9 Re: Darn Raccoons on Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:45 am

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Thats really great of you to adopt a dog that had such a bad go of it. Our funny farm has four dogs, five cats and a huge lizard.


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10 Re: Darn Raccoons on Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:19 am

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Our funny farm has four dogs, five cats and a huge lizard.
Did you eat the goat? :[IMG]/confused

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11 Re: Darn Raccoons on Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:01 pm

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bullfrog wrote:Thats really great of you to adopt a dog that had such a bad go of it. Our funny farm has four dogs, five cats and a huge lizard.

Speaking of... How is Dundee?? I'd love to see pics!! New thread under Furry Friends??

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12 Re: Darn Raccoons on Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:53 pm

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Pete's son Ken has a rescue grayhound. They said he didn't want to race. He just loves them and they love him. It was so cute watching Ken teach him to do dog stuff. Now he is really doing dog stuff like taking food off the table when their back is turned. LOL.


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13 Re: Darn Raccoons on Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:25 pm

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Oops, sorry, I forgot the two goats. Dundee is huge now, over two feet long.


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14 Racoons on Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:58 am

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About those coons. Until I had a six foot vynal fence installed completely around the back yard, I had to have my tub type fish pond covered with heavy guage fence wire to keep the racoons out. They would come by almost every night and stick their fat little arms though the wire and attempt to do some fishing. There was evidence almost every morning that they were there. The poor fish were always frantic, and would stay in hiding. After six foot fence went up, there were no more coon vivsts during the night. It suddenly came to me that racoons can't climb smooth plastic fences. That was when I realised that now I could put in a fish pond in my yard without being concerned about meroding racoons feasting on my fish.

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P.S. I haven't had any tweekers wonder through my yard in the last year either.

15 Re: Darn Raccoons on Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:14 pm

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Ha ha, you foiled those furry little bandits and their buddies. No more Rocky Raccoons. I wonder if that's why Mr Heron doesn't land in your yard too. Maybe he doesn't like the fence and can't make a smooth landing


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16 Re: Darn Raccoons on Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:34 pm

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Herons evidently don't like stepping through tangly weedy stuff or will not climb over a low fence. We haven't had a problem since putting up the short rope fence and planting marginals under it.


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17 Coons on Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:00 pm

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I think your right, my pond is rather closed in.

Happy ponding,

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18 Racoons on Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:34 pm

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Because of the six foot fence in the back I don't see the racoons anymore, But the neighbor across the alley said when he goes to work at 0530 in the morning, mom racoon and a troop of young racoons meander down the alley like they're late for the bus.

I just glad they can no longer get over my fence and into the yard. They used turn everything over and inside out.

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19 Re: Darn Raccoons on Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:39 pm

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They really are cute little buggers tho aren't they when they're not destroying your stuff


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20 Those little buggers............... on Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:01 pm

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JW,

I would jave to agree with you on that.

I remember the first time I set up the old grey 80 gallon tub. I put a new water lily plant in the tub along about six feeder gold fish, and a cheep home made filter that seemed to work alright. I got up the next morning to check my new pets, and evrything was upside down. The water lily and it's pot was completly pulled out of the pond, the fish were gone, the water was dirty like old bath water with coon hair floating in it, and the pump was pulled all apart on the ground and was still running with water all over the place.

I ended up making a heavy wire cage for the top of the tub that couldn't be removed without bending the wire corners back out. That lasted a couple of years without any loses. I could always tell when the coons would give the wire cover a try. There would little wet foot prints all around on the cement next to the tub the next morning.

If I didn't have the fence to save my pond from meroders, I would have to build a aviery type cage over my pond.

Happy ponding,

Rich

21 Re: Darn Raccoons on Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:25 pm

I use the "Basset" method for discouraging raccoons

My back-up plan is English

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22 Re: Darn Raccoons on Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:00 pm

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Awwwwwwwwwww those are the cutest methods ever Freddie


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23 Guard dogs on Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:40 pm

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I like the picture where the guard dog is stand guard at the window.

Happy ponding,

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24 Squirrels on Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:42 pm

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I know this is cruel, but I couldn't stop laughing, and I enjoy seeing the squirrels ruuning across my yard to the neighbors tree.

www.how_to_keep_squirrels_off_your_deck.wmv

25 Re: Darn Raccoons on Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:30 pm

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Rich, I just visited your yard and pond. Buttons was a little suspicious of me but when I said it was OK because I have a poodle too, then it was OK.


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