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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2017, 10:16:33 AM »
I have enjoyed the pictures and you sharing his adventures!

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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2017, 09:42:55 PM »
And the raccoon doesn't know a bunch of people from all over the country are rooting for him.  :D ;)
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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2017, 05:45:07 PM »
   We have antlerless season till the end of the month so I decided to go sit in my shooting house a while. Bitter cold and nothing moving until just before 4:00 pm I heard leaves rustling and ice crunching. I thought it was a deer but looked under the feeder and it was Whitey. He looked almost yellow against the snow as he headed down towards the creek and my pasture. I stayed around about another hour and decided was too cold to be skinning a deer if one did come out so got down, freed my feeder spinner from a piece of corn cob wedged in it, replaced the battery and updated the timers to feed more to empty the remaining corn over the next few days.

   I came home and when I got near the yard Sampson barked and I thought he did not recognize me then I saw he was looking to the end of the road. I looked and spotted Whitey hanging around the trash barrels. Walked down there and he darted into a culvert under the road. I came home and got him about a pint of dry dog food and put in the end of the drain for him to get at least one good feed.

   I'm torn between catching/trapping him and just letting him go. I met a guy last week with a small zoo who wants him. I don't know if the improved likelihood of survival in the zoo vs the quality of life living free. I am concerned I am seeing him out by himself at times the other coons are not out.
 

 
Hard to see as he is nearly 80 yards or so away just to the right of the dead walnut.
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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2017, 07:48:08 AM »
Feed him,When you feed wildlife they learn where the food is from you. Stopping is hard on them this time of the year.
   Give him time, to see what happens.
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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2018, 05:58:25 PM »
   Well, Whitey is back. He looks like a cream yellow now. My wife yelled at me about 5:00 pm to look out the window and sure enough there he was running around the trash barrels. I guess he smells the food in the trash. He didn't find anything so he made a round by the creek and over the road. I got dressed and went out looking for him. I figure he is probably checking out the barn and getting scraps of horse feed they drop. Anyway on my way back I spotted him up on the bank near where we park the cars. I tried to get a picture but the wind shifted and he discovered me. We were eye to eye at about 30 feet apart then he took off, down the bank. along the locust log I put in years ago to pile rocks against a washout, to the creek and into a hole in the rocks under my bridge. For all I know he may be denning in there. At the risk of incurring another dependent I went ahead and put a quart of dry dog food on the rock in front of the hole. He is obviously struggling to find food or he would not be out in daylight and alone. I don't know if his mom and siblings are hibernating or what. It is cold and snow coming and no time for a young coon to be out looking for a meal.
 

 
One of wife's pictures as he looks for food along the creek after giving up on a meal from the trash
 

 
Crossing the road. Maybe heading to the barn.
 

 
Last known location - under the bridge.
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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2018, 08:11:04 PM »
Okay a raccoon story .4-5 years back sitting on my patio enjoying a cold one .Three little kits walked within 10 feet of me like I wasn't there .No momma coon .I had my camera and snapped three little heads up a sapling looking at me .A few weeks later two little coons then later one little coon,still no momma .I left scraps for him on a log .He must have ate them .Next spring a larger coon ,then bigger and still bigger .Today he's a big burly boar,king of the woods at probably over 20 pounds .The fatality rate of orphaned  coon kits are high but they can survive .If they can make through the first winter chances are they will be okay .

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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2018, 08:37:04 PM »
Al,

   I am really torn on this issue. Been watching Whitey since back in October. I noted he was the runt of the litter the first time I saw him. Its a struggle to let him live free and wild knowing the high mortality rate he risks rather than capturing him and turning him over to a local zoo started by a guy rescuing various mistreated and abandoned animals. The zookeeper would love to have him. He says no special permits required from DNR for albinos as nobody expects them to survive anyway.

   I'm just keeping my fingers crossed he continues to survive.
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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2018, 08:40:21 PM »
Dog food is good.  :)
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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2018, 08:50:59 PM »
I hope that it makes it and becomes a sorta mascot.
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« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2018, 09:39:06 PM »
I always say good food,a little shelter and a animal can survive.  :)
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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #30 on: January 16, 2018, 11:00:30 PM »
Dog food is good.  :)
Coons are tough critters.  I agree, they love dog food, if we leave our garage door open after dark, we will find the dog food bag has been hit hard by coons.  I'd feed him heavy as food is warmth, and enjoy him coming and going. 
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« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2018, 06:18:58 AM »
Raccoons are opportunists ,very adaptable and will eat anything that doesn't eat them first .They can live in about any environment from Florida to northern Canada and live on anything from garbage to bird eggs including the bird that laid them .
I've seen people make pets from young kits but more often than not upon adulthood the call of the wild takes over .As the case of my big boar I can get within about 20 feet of him which is close enough .He's big enough to tear the ears off a good hound .No thank you brer coon.You do your thing and I'll do mine .

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« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2018, 09:52:47 AM »
Al,

   When my son was a teenager he caught 3 little coons about the size of squirrels. They could eat solid food but not bite hard enough to break the skin. He gave 2 away and kept the other. We had a pet doe that same year running free in the pasture. Sean got a permit from DNR for Chester the coon and they took it to WVU where my daughter was in school and one of her best friends was in the vet program. They gave him his shots and neuthered him. My wife made him several harnesses as he grew. Took a small collar on his neck but a pretty big one around his hips with a connector on top. He was a real chick magnet and every time Sean stopped on his way back to school to walk him or such and the teenage girls saw him they wanted to come pet him which made both of them happy. If the police saw him they'd come check his permit but then all was fine. He had a lot of personality and would play chase and tag and such but would always bite if he had food. He'd go fishing with Sean and chase the minnows in the bait bucket. They'd toss him a small crappie and he'd run under the bow and snarl and snap till he finished then he was his old friendly self.

   Chester had the run of their old house at their college and Sean's roommate was fine with him. They came home one day to find egg shells in front of the fridge. When they opened it they found Chester asleep on the bottom shelf. I think they taped mouse traps on the fridge door to keep him out. Chester would use a litter box but did not cover anything. There was never a dull moment with him around.
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« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2018, 04:07:15 PM »
Oh they are comical critters to watch even in the wild .Dang things can tell when the tomatoes get to the best ripened stage--then they take a bite out of each one .Rather fond of sweet corn at again the best stage .Don't ever get between a sow and her litter .You'd stand a better chance with a grizzley bear .It's takes a pretty good hound to best a full grown raccoon .
We have a warming spell by weeks end,they will be stirring around for a snack .They won't be on the real move until about the end of March .Then the males will get that "urge " and get clipped by automobiles by having other thoughts on their raccoon minds .Boys will be boys ya know .

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Re: Albino Raccoon
« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2018, 04:19:20 PM »
Al,

   Well familiar with that time of the year. I've had times I'd hear 10-12 squalling up the holler and in the pasture and look out with a light and look like 20 sets of eyes on the hillside.
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