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Dean    Posted 04-10-2019 at 08:30:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Rabid Racoon
  • Yesterday evening, I watched a racoon outside my house wandering around beneath a tree. He did not act right and did not run away when I approached within 20 feet or so. Probably rabid.

    I considered shooting him but decided against it and he was gone this morning.


    Dean

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-14-2019 at 07:35:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Being a hunter, I will shoot any varmint if they come in range. Varmints are open year round and you don't need a license to shoot on your own property. Raccoons, opossums, skunks, coyotes, cats, feral pigs whatever -they all are predators of game species, duck and pheasant eggs and youngens, and the coyotes will eat them and deer and elk too. The biggest problem around here are the Canadien Geese (coyotes too) and they are protected by seasons that are short and only in the fall/late winter. They come in to all the lakes and ponds around here to nest and we can't touch them. There should be a grenade season as the geese poop is everywhere all summer. Most geese are herbivores so they don't kill/eat any fish but if they did you can bet the DNR/NRC would create a spring season and extend the ones they have. Right now the DNR allows people to patrol the areas around lakes and ponds and when they find a nest, shake the eggs to destroy the embryos. The eggs don't hatch and then the adults who pair up and mate for life will not return the next year to the same spot. The problem with this routine is that next year, a whole new group of geese come into the area to mate and nest so it's a moot point/effort. Despite these attempts, there are multiple broods of them every year that do make it. A typical family consists of the two parents plus about a half dozen chicks on average. They stick around all summer and only when the snow flies and water freezes will they migrate. So, even if you don't hunt, controlling the varmint population is a great benefit to the folks who do.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dean    Posted 04-14-2019 at 07:55:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Govt. do gooders, doing good....

    Dean

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-16-2019 at 04:53:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have the greatest respect for Wildlife officers and the DNR. It's a shame that most states, the ones with liberal control, continue to reduce their state staffs and reduce their funding. Socialibs equate hunting and related agencies all part of the crime/gun control issues. 20 people killed in Chitty-cog-oh on any given weekend isn't done by hunting rifles, or AR15's for that matter. It's done by 9mm and .38's all illegally obtained by punk perps.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-14-2019 at 07:41:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • ALSO-
  • ..forgot to add that you can kill any varmint, even a deer too if in season and you're licensed, and take the head and/or carcass to the DNR and they will test it for diseases. That's important right now for deer as CWD is spreading to almost all the states now. If you see a deer that appears to not be acting normal, is looking scraggly or like they have the mange or something, put it down and take it in.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Ultradog MN    Posted 04-12-2019 at 05:06:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • When I saw the title of your post I assumed it was going to be a comment about Mad Maxine Waters.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-14-2019 at 07:15:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • HAHAHAHA!!! YEP, I too was expecting a humorous anecdote, or even Alexandria O'Crazio...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dean    Posted 04-12-2019 at 10:03:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Quite fitting, but not in this case.

    Dean

    Bruce Dorsi    Posted 04-10-2019 at 22:09:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Raccoons also get canine distemper which shares many symptoms with rabies.

    However, distemper does not cause aggression so the animal does not attack unless cornered or threatened.

    Distemper usually causes death to the 'coon in approx. 3 days.

    PatrickB    Posted 04-10-2019 at 10:01:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I've shot 3 in the last five years. All of them out during the day, hunched up and stagering around in a small circle. I don't take any chances with them.

    Dean    Posted 04-10-2019 at 10:46:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I don't have pets or farm animals and did not want to dispose of him so I left him alone. Didn't want to clean the 1022 either.

    He was no where to be found this morning.

    Dean

    poderac    Posted 04-10-2019 at 17:54:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • And probably don't care about neighbors or their pets. A rabid animal can travel for miles.

    Dean    Posted 04-10-2019 at 20:07:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I gave up on trying to read the minds of others when an adolescent or shortly thereafter. I was never any good at it and it nearly always lead to invalid assumptions.

    You are not any good at it either.

    Dean

    poderac    Posted 04-11-2019 at 03:28:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • May not be, but I would never purposely allow a suspected rabid animal roam the neighborhood.

    dave#1    Posted 04-12-2019 at 16:36:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • To back up your feelings I just heard this story !
    The salvage yard where I use to work my ex boss was moving cars with the loader, He came up on a fox laying in the mud, he drove up within 20 feet of it with the door open, This Fox jumped up darted towards the loader and jumped up 4 feet right into the cab and attacked him, he started kicking it and kicked it out the door,luckily he didn't get bit, The fox ran off, an hour later the cops showed up asking if he had seen a Fox acting strangely, The fox had gone about a 1/8 of a mile and bit a lady who now is getting rabies shots !!!
    Crazy !

    later,dave

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