Source: Amador Ledger-Dispatch
Jan 16, 2017
"Well maybe not good but it was peanut butter. Yes, peanut butter was his demise. That is what it took to get the evil raccoon into my trap. I have been working on trapping this dark creature for over two months now. My back lawn is a mess but let the good times roll. My daughter has named me the Jeremiah Johnson of Ione. Yes, the beast still lives but he lives many miles from me. My wife woke me up at about 5am this Tuesday morning to let me know that the creature was in our clutches. Yes, he was very mad. He was reaching out with his devilish paws to try by any means to regain his freedom. He did get his freedom but it was a long way from my house. But, I am sure that he has friends. My diligence will continue for as long as life allows. Oh, by the way, please don’t tell the Fish and game about this. They might want me to get a license. "
Letter to the Editor - Remove the reason, not the raccoon (response)
Jan 27, 2017
Truly, wildlife is not evil, they are just trying to survive like the rest of us. Trapping and relocating wildlife is illegal and cruel.
Trapping and relocating wildlife, or any animal for that matter, is cruel and most will die within the first week because they do not know where to find food, water and shelter and may be in another critters territory. It is illegal because you may introduce parasites and diseases where they did not exist.
Wildlife always becomes a nuisance for a reason, so if you remove the reason, the wildlife will stop coming. When raccoons are digging up a lawn, it is because they are finding food under the grass.
Tri County Wildlife Care worked with a woman in Tuolomne County who had put 2 types of wire over her lawn and had their county trapper trap and kill 12 raccoons. We were able to help her get a spray to kill the grubs under her lawn and the raccoons stopped coming.
If you want a permanent and humane solution to wildlife nuisance animal problems, find the reason they are coming, get rid of it and they will go away. Trapping, relocating and killing are only temporary solutions. For humane and permanent solutions to wildlife nuisance problems, please visit www.pawspartners.org or call 209-283-3245.
Tri County Wildlife Care
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).