Life is Wild for Those Living Near the American River

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Off and on, since last autumn, I have been on a mission to relocate a population of masked invaders, who seem to believe they have property rights to my backyard.  I have a small fish pond which acts as their private Sushi bar, while they cavort in the water, as if they believe it to be the Jacuzzi at the Playboy Mansion.  I no longer stock it with Gold Fish, which seemed to attract these critters/varmints. But, they continue to show up and party hearty!

I have a borrowed "catch and release" type of trap.  And, early this morning I released this little guy to my usual spot along the beautiful American River!  I have named him Raccoon #5.  I purposefully do not provide the critters/varmints with more human names, because they are so cute and I don't wish to get attached to them.

Also, at the place of release, I couldn't help snapping a picture of our special waterway with the mists above, at dawn!
*Along the American River at Dawn
*Raccoon #5


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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I appreciate your gentle relocation solution for these annoying, but adorable, critters. They can be a true menace around a property. The photo of the mist on the river is gorgeous. D

Feb 24, 2018 08:47 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Oooo, I once maintained membership to the Squirrel Relocation Association, LOL. One summer I carted away 35 squirrels. But I never caught a raccoon, Myrl! Great photo of the American River, too.

Feb 24, 2018 08:54 AM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE haev all kind of critters in my area.  To the point of needed to remove some

Feb 24, 2018 09:04 AM #4
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 YOu are a true gentle soul, the picture of the American River Parkway breathtaking! It should be featured in the Photo Group ;)

Feb 24, 2018 10:45 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing


We had a catch and release system near the avocado tree that bordered our yard and the neighbors.  The gardener would relocate squirrels, racoons, etc to the Valley of Los Angeles from our Westside...A

Feb 24, 2018 11:12 AM #6
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

That is a really great picture. I love to fish and I am sure that myself and that raccoon could hang out for a while. He could eat the small ones I catch you know.

Feb 24, 2018 12:54 PM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am so glad that Rocky Raccoon got back to his natural habitat alive.

Feb 24, 2018 03:58 PM #8
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl the fog in the first picture makes it look like trees are on fire.

Feb 24, 2018 04:55 PM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

We used to see lots of raccoons when we had the outdoor cat and left his food outside.  Now, we rarely see them.

Feb 24, 2018 05:16 PM #10
An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Those masked invaders like to climb my apricot tree and pig-out!

Feb 24, 2018 05:40 PM #11
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Myrl,  That is a lovely picture where you released #5.  Thank you for doing the humanitarian thing with your unwanted visitors. 

Feb 24, 2018 06:06 PM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

They are so cute, too bad that have to be so annoying and cause damage around a property.

Feb 25, 2018 06:42 AM #13
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


You are far kinder than our local Fish & Game folks for they told me when I trapped a raccoon who was terrorizing my grass, they cannot release the critter anywhere except in the area he was caught and they said they would have to put him down. sorry but they are one mean sort, cheers cvc

Feb 25, 2018 01:22 PM #14
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 I know that you are the founder of the photos group! But it is a really good photo. It was said more tongue in cheek! I hope you are having a great weekend!

Feb 25, 2018 03:01 PM #15
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Your capture and release program will get the job done and soon return your refuge to its previous condition.

Feb 25, 2018 04:45 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I liked your story of the invaders and eaters, but I can not imagine that I would enjoy or be brave enough to set traps for raccoons.  I recall our neighbors next door who rise at 5 AM for work.  One time around 2 in the morning, a raccoon family were making lots of noise in our backyard, so loud that our neighbors could not sleep.  The very nice man walked over to our yard with a handful of stones.  Yes, he scared the raccoons away temporarily and also threw a stone at our garage window and broke it :)

Feb 26, 2018 01:35 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing your trapping experience and your photographs.

Feb 26, 2018 06:56 AM #18
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Just checking to see if you had commented on mine. cheers cvc

Feb 27, 2018 07:35 AM #19
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Over the past 25 years our raccoon population here on Hartstene Pointe has grown and shrank and nobody has ever taken responsibility for it Myrl Jeffcoat 

Mar 05, 2018 08:19 PM #20
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686

At first I thought you were going to say it was a heron or some large bird eating the fish in your pond Myrl.  Raccoons wow!  Looks like a great place to relocate this fella.  Plenty of fish in those waters, but harder to catch.  Beautiful photo!

Mar 07, 2018 06:28 PM #21
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