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Er... hello.... [Jul. 15th, 2006|08:22 pm]
Raccoons can be Loving!
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[friedbrickwall]
I don't think I will ever own a raccoon because I don't think I could bare to release them back into the wild after raising it and I have no way of getting one without unjustly taking it. I still love them more than any other animal. I fell in love with raccoons when they wrecked our campsite(strange, I know) We left our camp after having a few drinks and when we came back there were red raccoon tracks(not blood, red drinks) all over. As I headed to my cabin I saw one staring at me from the trees. It was so cute! Later that night we awoke to the sound of something walking on our roof. More raccoons! They were down in the eating area(Turns out someone had left the trash can unlocked) and all around the cabin! There was a kit outside our door. It was calling out to its mom who was either on the roof or eating. The next night we put a smallish grill on the trash can so they wouldn't come back. (I was somewhat disapointed at not hearing their churring on the last night there) but they came back! They tipped over the grill AND the trash can(I believe both at once because the sound could be heard a long way off and was VERY loud) I was impressed. From then on I loved raccoons. I draw them and read about them. I had always dreamed of owning one but knew it was futile. Then I found this community! Even though I can't own one I love to hear stories and experiences about them. It is almost as if I had one myself that way. I know my story is a strange way to begin loving something, but it is true. I wish you all luck with your coons and I wish your coons good health!
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[User Picture]From: nyman92
2006-07-16 07:29 am (UTC)
I don't own a raccoon but I have one in the wild that is sort of a regular to my window.

My window is on the second story of a house, and it has a little ledge out on it that is right next to the tree. I used to always sit in here with the window open while eating, and eventually this coon started coming by each night. One time he actually came into my room for a moment, but for the most part he just comes to check out whats going on and takes the food I leave out for him. He's pretty used to me, doesn't run off or anything, just wants some grub for his breakfast.
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[User Picture]From: shunhuggedme
2006-07-16 08:26 pm (UTC)
I had one once. The thing with raising a raccoon is - you can't release it back into the wild. I reiterate that. You can not. Not only will it probably not leave you, but it wouldn't be able to survive on it's own.

That being said, if under some circumstances you happen upon one that really needs you, I would hope you would take him in and take care of him, and know what joy a coonie can bring into your life :)

And by the way - your icon is ADORABLE.
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From: friedbrickwall
2006-07-17 12:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, a coonie sounds worth it, even if you can't go on a vacation for 20 years. I did some research on coon breeders because I came across it on a website. I found a few sites that say that breeders kill the mama coon and take her kits for profit! They have to refresh the numbers or something every once in a while because they can't keep the adults. When they don't sell the baby coons they just kill them for their furs. Some refuse to show the inspectors their racoon living conditions but get to keep their license anyway. Someday I will try to save a coon from there.
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[User Picture]From: thatnerdygirl
2006-09-11 03:59 am (UTC)
i know this thread is pretty old, but...

buying a raccoon from such a dealer won't "save" animals, it only gives the dealer financial incentive to continue. if you find such a breeder, you're better off alerting an animal welfare agency to get them shut down if at all possible. if people keep buying coons from them, they'll keep supplying them. in the meantime, working with a rehabber or a sanctuary that cares for coons will get them into your life in a positive way for all involved. good luck!
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[User Picture]From: label_me_mabel
2006-08-30 08:42 am (UTC)
you can't keep raccoons as pets, but you can volunteer at a wildlife shelter! there's one in vancouver, canada that deals mostly with raccoons. it sounds really great-- it's volunteer, so there's no pay, but they cover your housing and some food. the only requirement is that you commit to 8 weeks, since you'd be bonding with the raccoons. i didn't get a chance to do it this summer, but i'm dying to next summer!

if canada's way too far away for you, i'm pretty sure there are other wildlife sanctuaries in your area that are looking for help :)
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