My Husbands Raccoon Story

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons

This is my Raccoon Story

One night laying in bed on a peaceful fall evening - my wife and I heard a noise that I will never ever be able to describe.  To the best of my ability I would have to say it was a mix sound between a dog and a cat killing each other.  The sound was so loud I could not believe my neighbors were not up.  After about 10 minutes the sound went away and I really thought my neighbors dog had been eaten by something.  To make this story half way short and readable I will stop there and tell you it was 2 raccoons fighting.  I found this out a couple days later when my neighbor saw the coons on my roof.  I spent the next 4 days in Coon Hell!  A raccoon was living in my attic with her 3 babies and I had to get them out before I went crazy.  I found out the mother had dug a hole into my attic by way of my roof - shredded roofing material, and bent flashing so that she could have a home for her babies. R U Frickin kidding Me?  The next 4 nights I was on a mission.  The momma coon would leave her babies every night at about 9pm so first I blocked her from getting back in my attic and to her babies.  Then I would wait for her to come back by sitting on my roof in war paint.  She would climb over my backyard fence every night at 2:30 am.  I could almost set my clock by it.  She would then climb 1 of 5 gutters - depending on where I was situated on the roof and make a run for her babies.  When she found out that I had a entry way blocked off she would try another and another.  If it was not for my friend I would have had scratches and bites up and down my body.  I can't tell you his name because I live in the city but he is skinny and brown and these metal things come out of it very fast.  The coon did not like my buddy.  My plan at this point was to remove the babies in the morning and everything would be over.  Wrong!  When I went to rescue the little ones they would hide in a special place that momma had made for them by chewing our house.  I could not get to the babies.  Plan B!  I have always had trouble asking for help so plan B was to starve the babies.  I figured all I need to do was to keep momma coon away for a couple of days and in this heat they would die.  During this time a couple of Friends let me use their live traps to catch the momma coon.  I tried everything and actually caught her 3 times and all three times she escaped.  Live traps do not work on momma coons!  After 3 days and nights of fighting off momma coon I finally asked for help and the pictures below describe how my neighbor saved me.  Thanks Chris!

The Baby RaccoonsThis picture was taken on the 4th day.  I had been up and on watch for 3 nights and 4 days and this would be my 4th night of being up.  This is a picture of the outer soffit of my house.  The babies would go from my attic to this area when they felt danger.  We finally trapped them here and they had no where to go - they could not get back in my attic.   The only way we could get them out of this area was to pry the soffit board  "which they are laying on"  loose and shove them down into a fishing net.

Outer SoffitThe Mother Raccoon had chewed a hole from the attic into the outer soffit big enough for only her babies to fit through.  We boarded this area shut so they could not get back into the attic.

Outer SoffitThe Baby Raccoons climbed to the highest point of the outer soffit to avoid being caught.  I would say it had to be 110 degrees with no air flow.  We shoved them down the soffit board into a fish net.3 Baby RaccoonsMy neighbor holding 1 of 4 of my nightmares. Don't they look sooo _____!  Do not say it!  These things are evil and will rip your family and house apart.  Just look at their hands and feet - not only do they have fingers but claws at the end.  Raccoons are a house destroying machine.  If you hear noises in your attic - Find out fast if it is a Coon!

Momma CoonThe only way I knew of letting Momma Coon know that her babies where no longer in my attic was to put them inside a cage within a cage so the mother could not get to them and also realize she did not have to tear my home apart any longer.

Moma CoonThis is not a very clear picture but this is a picture of momma coon trying to get to her babies.  If you ever rescue raccoon babies from your house - never lock them inside a cage for momma coon to see.  Momma coon worked all night trying to pull her babies through two cages.  If it wasn't for me harassing her and the morning sun - she would have skinned them alive.

3 baby coonsThe next morning we took the babies to a shelter and I have not seen the mother since.  Good night!  I am tired.

Rees FamDrinking a beverage with my good neighbor and going to bed.  I would like to thank all my Friends with their help and suggestions.  I tried them all.  Thanks Shawn for the traps and Joe for the great idea of playing Brittany Spears music in the attic.  Yes, I did try that also but someone told me to leave it blasting for 2 days and they will leave.  That was not happening!  One more thing!  If you think that your home owners insurance covers you for this kind of loss - you might want to check it out!  I have a clause in mine that actually says damage from raccoons is not covered!


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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Lisa, That is quite a story! Thank you for all the warning signs and sounds of a raccoon home invasion! Yikes!

Jun 25, 2009 08:06 AM #1
Konnie Mac McCarthy
McLean, VA
Associate Broker - VA & MD

they are cute, but destructive... my husband had a great squirrel story... (they out smarted him) which I might write a post about :)

Jun 25, 2009 08:09 AM #2
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

What a story.  My Mom has a cabin in the mountains and they say there are raccoons in the area.  I hope they stay away.  We do have to watch out for the occasional bear and mountain lion, however.

Jun 25, 2009 08:27 AM #3
Todd Pierceall
Prestige Properties - Gastonia, NC

If you have raccoons watch out for your pets as well.  Most cats will leave them alone but dogs don't seem to know any better.  A raccoon can tear a dog to pieces.  Very cute looking animals but very destructive and very fierce!

Jun 25, 2009 08:38 AM #4
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Holy Cow!  That is one determined momma.

Jun 25, 2009 08:57 AM #5
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Lisa,  Sorry you had such a struggle with these critters !  I had a " Bee " colony inside a wall once.  Not pretty !

Jun 25, 2009 09:00 AM #6
Chanda Barrick
Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast - Indianapolis, IN
in referral

Awww, but they are so cute!  Trust me I know Momma coon can be your worst nightmare if you try to mess with her babies!  I know they can be a headache, but I'm glad they didn't suffer a terrible fate.  :)

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Jun 25, 2009 10:56 AM #7

Lisa,     Paul has a  momma skunk story under our front porch that sounds a lot like Brian's momma raccoon story!  I laugh about it now, but he still dosen't think it's very funny.

Jun 26, 2009 09:39 AM #8
Justin Twombly Holton High School

Are those babies for sale? im from holton kansas

Feb 08, 2011 04:47 AM #9

I don't like your story. You really have no compassion for animals. I had a pet raccoon as a kid and it was the best pet in

the world. How would you like it if someone did that to you and your kids?

Apr 05, 2012 08:50 AM #10
Lisa Rees
Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons - Lansing, KS
Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons Real Estate Agent

MMN - i was just protecting my home and my family so don't even tell me that I do not have compassion for animals.  Not one of these animals was killed or hurt seriously.  There are some people that pay $700 dollars or more to have a professional come and remove the non rent payer. (raccoons)  Guess what is the first question they ask you?  What would you like to have done with the raccoons after we capture them.  I have more compassion then the professionals.  I wonder how you would handle this situation - if your home and family was in danger from a family of raccoons.  A pet raccoon and a wild momma raccon are on two different spectrums.  You have no idea or you would have not made that comment.

Apr 12, 2012 08:50 AM #11
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