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Raccoons are more vicious than cute

In regards to the small dog that was killed (Dog’s death is a mystery,” page A1, Jan. 6 Herald):

I have no doubt that it was a large raccoon. This is exactly how I lost my 8-pound California bunny. A raccoon managed to climb up my fenced-in area and then find a seam in the netting I had over the enclosure to keep out birds of prey. When I went out to tend to my chickens and rabbit, I discovered the raccoon in the rabbit enclosure and my bunny with its head eaten down to a stump.

I’ve had numerous problems with raccoons killing my chickens. It’s truly gruesome. They catch their prey and literally eat them alive. I know this for a fact. I’ve caught then in the act! They are not the cute, innocent, little masked critters that many people think are. I lost seven of my good laying hens last summer to a raccoon.

A large raccoon could easily catch a small dog and once in their grasp, the little dog is doomed.

Bill Keene


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