7 dead and counting. And for the record, coons, as well as bobcats and coyotes, are the big three on the extermination list around here. I'll let nearly every other critter visit the yard but these guys are not welcome. Right now I would welcome a pair of bobcat and a pack of coyotes to decimate these coons.
I popped a big coon, 26 pounds, last week, thinking that was the end of the problem. Then another big coon that looked like the twin to the dead dude showed up the next night. That one was very cautious. So I killed the lights the following night and waited.
About 2 a.m. my security light came on outside and there sat 6 baby coons and 1 big one. They're rummaging around beneath every bird feeder. I have three feeders.
I shot 2 little ones and they all disappeared.
Next night I got another little one and the big one.
The following morning I found 2 little ones dead on the road. Yeah baby!
This left 1 little one who never came back. Good deal.
Last night while watching television at around 1 a.m. I notice a cat in the window that seems to be focused on something. I expected it to be the remaining little coon. I grab a flashlight and find a big raccoon sitting on the patio about 5 feet away. MOTHER F****R!
That coon races for the woods and is gone in a flash. So I go lights out again and 45 minutes later I check the yard with the flashlight.
2 big raccoons and SIX MORE BABIES fumbling around in the driveway looking for sunflower seeds!
I got one baby out of the bunch before they could get into the woods.
I've never seen so many raccoons. That's at least 16 coons I can verify in a week.
What I "think" has happened is my closest neighbor that lives a couple hundred yards through the woods recently moved. Their home had been vacant since spring. Someone purchased the house last month. I have a feeling coons moved into the many outbuildings they have over there when it was empty and now they're dispersing due to the activity that's now taking place over there.
My concern is for my pets and my garden. I could take down the bird feeders and hope they leave but with the garden sitting there with fresh veggies I highly doubt they would walk away from an easy meal. So it's back to hunting mode again tonight.
What you do in the dark will someday come to light.