We've had so many calamities lately, my mind jumped from one of the kids or pets being hurt to the car not starting to something catastrophic having happened to the house. Instead, Hubby had good news!!
Let me back up a little by explaining that a few weeks back, our neighborhood committee declared war on the lovely nature reserve across the street from our house. They cut and chopped and cleared, driving all the critters from their homes and straight into ours. When Cocoa, our wiener dog, refused to leave my office stairs, then started digging the floor, we called Critter Guy.
|The hole in the side of our house!!|
Critter Guy said insurance pays for this sort of thing, so Angela, the nice insurance lady, came right over to check it out. She said no way was there anywhere near that amount of damage, and regardless, Farmer's wasn't paying. We had a contractor here working on another issue, and he advised we try trapping the coon ourselves, then he'd give us a quote on fixing the hole. Sounds like a plan, right?
We headed to Atwood's for a live trap. REALLY fun store I highly recommend!! They have candy, bling belts, and baby chicks and ducks!!!!!! I could live at Atwood's!!!! But I digress . . .
|Fuzzy chicks at Atwood's!!|
Back to trapping, here's how it played out:
Attempt One--Peanut butter and dog food. Untouched.
Attempt Two--Canned tuna. Raccoon reached right in, had a nice meal, then skedaddled!!
Attempt Three--Fancy kitty food. Wild caught Alaskan salmon with wild rice. Yahtzee!! Turns out we have a gourmet!!
|Those eyes!!! He says, "Please let me back inside! I promise to behave!"|
Moments later, the raccoon darted from the cage and that was that.
|The blur is the coon running away!!|
|Our coon's new home!!|