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What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: pdq
Date: July 26, 2022 03:31PM
Was at the grocery store and the wife calls - “we’ve got a problem! There’s a drooling, dazed looking raccoon in the back yard.”

Long story short - she calls animal control, they come out and shoot the thing…and then toss it into the rough, non-lawn area of our yard! Let nature take it’s course, ma’am.

Yeah, no. The dog’s already sniffing around, we have the family coming to town next week (what’s that…umm…smell?), and this was not a well raccoon.

When I got home I retrieved it with a pitchfork:



(It was a big ass raccoon!)

…put on plastic gloves, carefully wrapped it in plastic without touching it, then into a box. (Then took a shower!)

General consensus is, throw it in the trash. Unfortunately, our pickup day was this morning. Not gonna let it decompose for a week in the can outside our door.

Now trying to think of a poorly defended local dumpster.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 26, 2022 03:38PM
that is frightfully weak animal control.
here, they take care of disposal too.

" Now trying to think of a poorly defended local dumpster. "
or woods and let "nature take it's course".



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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: July 26, 2022 03:45PM
Give him the memorial service he deserves!



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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: July 26, 2022 03:51PM
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Give him the memorial service he deserves!


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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: pdq
Date: July 26, 2022 03:55PM
I figured I could bury it, but I’ve had enough for one afternoon, and I would guess it would still smell.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 26, 2022 04:24PM
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Fritz
that is frightfully weak animal control.
here, they take care of disposal too.

" Now trying to think of a poorly defended local dumpster. "
or woods and let "nature take it's course".

Here "it depends" especially with deer. If it dies on a public road, it's their problem. If it dies on private property it's the owner's problem. So if you see a sick looking deer, you want to encourage it to leave while it can still walk.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/26/2022 05:07PM by GGD.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 26, 2022 04:36PM
That's small enough to bury. But just barely. Get to diggin'.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: hal
Date: July 26, 2022 04:55PM
I would call animal control again - that's not how this is supposed to work.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: July 26, 2022 05:12PM
Triple plastic bag and bunch of moth balls. Midnight deposit at animal control?
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: July 26, 2022 05:21PM
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MikeF
Triple plastic bag and bunch of moth balls. Midnight deposit at animal control?

agree smiley
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 26, 2022 05:27PM
I would not want anything to get into the remains since rabies can be transmitted for a while after death. If you're going to toss it in the woods, then bag it overnight and it should be safe for disposal the next day.

I wouldn't throw it on animal control's doorstep - it is likely well covered with cameras.



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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: btfc
Date: July 26, 2022 05:37PM
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hal
I would call animal control again - that's not how this is supposed to work.

Yes; what about rabies, for instance? Seems like an odd response.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: Maddog
Date: July 26, 2022 05:50PM
I bet the local apartment complex that mainly has college students in it (if you have one of those) has a dumpster that would welcome a dead raccoon.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: kj
Date: July 26, 2022 05:52PM
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mrbigstuff
That's small enough to bury. But just barely. Get to diggin'.

If you bury it, dogs or other animals will dig it up, then run around with pieces of it.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: mstudio
Date: July 26, 2022 05:56PM
Uh, duh...... [www.arkansasoutdoorcountry.com]
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 26, 2022 06:07PM
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mstudio
Uh, duh...... [www.arkansasoutdoorcountry.com]

Interesting reading the comments for that page, not a single one seems to directly mention anything about what was on the page. Seems more like "generic comments" purchased somewhere.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 26, 2022 07:56PM
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kj
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mrbigstuff
That's small enough to bury. But just barely. Get to diggin'.

If you bury it, dogs or other animals will dig it up, then run around with pieces of it.

not in my experience, but I suppose it depends on local conditions.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: July 26, 2022 08:52PM
Dump it out on the public way, then call the sanitation department.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 26, 2022 08:55PM
.....use to make dinner....and then brunch.....???



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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: July 26, 2022 09:00PM
HAT!


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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: July 27, 2022 01:57AM
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I bet the local apartment complex that mainly has college students in it (if you have one of those) has a dumpster that would welcome a dead raccoon.

^ This. First open dumpster you come to, chuck it in and make a hasty retreat. Problem solved.



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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: July 27, 2022 08:20AM
From what I remember from our experience with local animal control from years ago it's usually distemper not rabies when you see them sick.

[www.stlouis-mo.gov]



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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: pdq
Date: July 27, 2022 08:22AM
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Bill in NC
From what I remember from our experience with local animal control from years ago it's usually distemper not rabies when you see them sick.

[www.stlouis-mo.gov]

That’s actually what the animal control guy told us too.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: July 27, 2022 10:25PM
Even though the odds are low that it's rabies... given that rabies is 99.9999% fatal if you manage to get it, I'd build a little fire pit shovel the carcass in, cover with charcoal, and give him a little viking funeral pyre. Keep adding wood or charcoal until there's nothing but bones left. Douse, bury.

But, that may be over-cautious, and potentially troublesome if you set your town on fire.



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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: July 28, 2022 08:16AM
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...that may be over-cautious, and potentially troublesome if you set your town on fire.

But honestly, the town left him with no other options, so it's really their own fault.
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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 28, 2022 10:05AM
.....is it possible to use for....companionship....??



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Re: What would you do with a dead, sick raccoon?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: July 28, 2022 01:05PM
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Paul F.
...that may be over-cautious, and potentially troublesome if you set your town on fire.

But honestly, the town left him with no other options, so it's really their own fault.

True or not, still troublesome defending yourself in court. :-)



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