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Re: “Raccoons: Nature's Monsters

How dare you write this, and how dare the Mercury for publishing such an ignorant article. No animal is wortH killing at the expense of urban sprawl. We are invading their homes and they are just trying to survive.

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Posted by Sara Lynn on 03/28/2015 at 1:00 AM

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Raccoons are cute and relatively harmless.

A coyote was trotting after me as I was jogging one day. I realized it was waiting for me to die so it could eat my corpse. Them and the nutria are worth killing. Bowhunting them should be allowed.

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Posted by jamdox on 03/26/2015 at 10:56 PM

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Mark Sofia: You'd be better off getting over him. He'll forget about you as soon as he can find an open garbage can to scrounge around in. Raccoons are like that.

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Posted by albert on 03/26/2015 at 4:16 PM

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@ PDX-girl - Petting wild animals? Please say "Hi" for me to the good folks at OHSU when you go there for your HRIG series.

They're very nice.

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Posted by Jarhead on 03/26/2015 at 2:36 PM

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Seriously, get off my lawn.

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Posted by ujfoyt on 03/26/2015 at 1:25 PM

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More anti Portland native propaganda.

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Posted by Bullnose on 03/26/2015 at 12:05 PM

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wildlife was here before u. leave them alone an learn to live with it. dont feed them and they will go away

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Posted by Paticia King on 03/26/2015 at 10:13 AM

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Native species in my yard! GET THE SHOTGUN!!!

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Posted by Todd Mecklem on 03/26/2015 at 9:49 AM

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I think opossums and nutria are thousands of times worse because they have a rat tail.

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Posted by pizza butt on 03/26/2015 at 8:50 AM

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Good news Elinor. You actually cannot get distemper. Your dog is suceptible but presumably it has been vaccinated. None the less, we still recommend against letting them hangout in your hottub, breastfeeding orphans, or bathing them in the same tub as your children....most of all as the artilce notes, don't feed them! For more information on dealing with raccoon conflicts, go to….

Bob Sallinger
Audubon Society of Portland

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Posted by Bob Sallinger on 03/26/2015 at 8:10 AM

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All wildlife serves a purpose for our environment. By removing one or however many animals, another will takes its place. Humans need to learn how to secure their property more effectively to reduce or eliminate the conflict as they're the culprit for inviting trouble. Wildlife are opprotunistic feeders, therefore we must learn how to survive with them. Exterminating is never the answer and will only harm our well being in the long term. Every time one species becomes extinct, we've put another nail in the proverbial human coffin; it changes our overall environment.

Distemper isn't a zoonotic disease and therefore will not harm humans. But, to any unvaccinated cat or dog, it's a risk. Although the west has not had a rabies case in A couple decades, still exercise caution with all wildlife to minimize conflict. Furthermore to those who fear raccoon roundworm, unless you like to eat a lot of raccoon poop, it's not an issue. If your pet dogs in dirt or you're a gardener, don't forget to WASH YOUR HANDS! Wipe your pets paws if they've been digging so they don't ingest the worms while licking their paws.

Anytime there's a conflict with wildlife, only people to call is your wildlife rehabilitator. These folks know more about the local wildlife than anyone else. They can provide guidance to help you avoid conflict.

People fear or hate what they don't understand. Take the time to learn about wildlife species and you'll be surprised what you'll learn and reduce your fears.

I'll leave you with this video from someone who taught me to stop fearing raccoons. I I used to loathe them until I asked so many questions in these videos. Now I've come to appreciate what they can do for our environment. Did you know, raccoons are the best when it comes to keep rodent populations at bay?

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Posted by PDX-girl on 03/26/2015 at 5:54 AM

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You're the kind of entitled fucking yuppie that has ruined Portland

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Posted by angry panda on 03/25/2015 at 11:12 PM

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A few years ago we had a problem with a racoon using the yard as a latrine. Solution was a motion activated sprinkler. I heard it go off twice the first night, no more scat after that.

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Posted by BJ Cefola on 03/25/2015 at 10:12 PM
Posted by bearfax on 03/25/2015 at 8:34 PM

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I think they're cute. See 'em all the time around here in NE. Sometimes a whole family clan trying to skate by stealthily.
Elinor, just try to comfort yourself in knowing YOU ARE THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN, and can kick some raccoon ass if you need to.
Just keep your pets away from them.

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Posted by frankieb on 03/25/2015 at 7:00 PM

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Quit feeding the coyotes and they'll have to eat more raccoons.

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Posted by Churchill Ladd on 03/25/2015 at 6:08 PM

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Having gone mano a mapache with one attacking my cat, I can say that Procyon lotor is why God invented Entrenching Tools.

Adios, pequeno bandido.

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Posted by Jarhead on 03/25/2015 at 5:05 PM

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Anywhere raccoons are, a raccoon latrine is sure to be near! Here's some helpful information from our neighbors to the North.…

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Posted by Babygorilla on 03/25/2015 at 4:39 PM

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You completely neglected to mention skunks. Skunks are worse than raccoons, possums (no, I am not a hill person), or nutria. See how your precious pug reacts to an encounter with a skunk.

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Posted by Jimmy Carter on 03/25/2015 at 3:59 PM

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So what makes raccoons gross is that they're unusually dextrous and very smart? Quite impeccable logic there.

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Posted by mrarmrar on 03/25/2015 at 3:39 PM

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