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Night Prowlers


On the BC coast, if you have trees around, you’ll have raccoons. About three years ago, this fellow and his friends visited our yard and I managed to snap some pictures. It was easy enough to do in the daytime. But it’s the nighttime when these guys are most active. We hear them snapping and snarling and scrambling up and down the trees. Since I don’t have chickens, I don’t mind the raccoons being around too much, as long as they don’t interact with my dogs. I hadn’t seen any raccoons around for a while and had forgotten all about them until a couple of nights ago.


I was in bed, almost asleep at about 11:30 p.m., when the room got a little bit brighter. I got up to find the source of the light. It was outside – the perimeter light on our workshop. Someone or something had walked by near the workshop and made the light come on.  I shone a flashlight around the yard and there he was. He had his mask on and was prowling around the backyard looking for trouble.

I ran for the camera while the Captain held the light on a second bandit who was climbing a tree not far from the back deck. I snapped a picture but it didn’t come out very well. The spotlight was too bright. The gray thing to the left of the raccoon is the utility trailer hitch, messing up the picture even more.

Anyway, we now know what has been causing our light to come on in the yard. I’ll be careful not to let the dogs out at night without a leash. Wouldn’t want them to tangle with one of these guys. They can be quite vicious when cornered.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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28 thoughts on “Night Prowlers

  1. Cute Critters 🙂
    Cheers !

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  2. I had to stop putting suet out for the birds because of a raccoon. He was stealing the block of food and the cage/feeder it was in!

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  3. That photo of the one during the day in the tree is adorable. Their looks are so deceiving, cause yes, they can be vicious. I worry about my dog getting in a tangle with one, too. I haven’t seen any around, but my neighbor says he has seen them. I also worry about coyotes in the winter.

    I have a story about a friend of mine who had a cat door for her cats to go in and out whenever they pleased. One day during a tangle, the racoon chased the cat inside the house. My friend had to break it up and the racoon bit her! My friend had to get rabies shots. Ack.

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    • No cat doors allowed here, for that very reason! Smart of your friend to get a rabies shot. We’re very watchful just now about this raccoon activity, and although they are so cute and I love seeing them, we are realistic enough to know they can be dangerous to small pets.

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  4. We have them in the city too. Saw a documentary a while back. Raccoons have taken over many cities. They are very territorial and can get into anything. It was fascinating to watch them in action and to see the tracking of their wanderings.

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  5. They are sure cute though. Have you heard of a memoir for kids called Rascal about a pet raccoon? So heartwarming.

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  6. They are really cute but yes, problematic. There aren’t any in NWT or Penticton (in both locations there are lots of bears around, and they love a good raccoon steak) so I haven’t seen any since living in Ontario. Put out some recordings of bears growling? 🙂 I

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  7. They may be cute, but they can wreck havoc on property and a animals. Yes, one found it’s way into my house. “The Raccoon Story” has become infamous with my preschoolers.

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  8. They look cute, yes but I am so happy that we don´t have them around here. They made our life on the Charlottes real hard and we lost a lot of chickens to them. They are all over now in Germany, even in the big cities and so are the wild boars, the roto-till gardens over there. Here they still stay in the fields and in the forests. Your first pictures is really good!

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    • Thanks for the info about the wild pigs too, Ursula. They can be quite a problem, even more so than the raccoons. And yes, anyone who has had chickens knows all about what a menace raccoons can be, cute as they are.


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