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October 4, 2010 - Heather Ziegler
If you live on a rural or even suburban street in our fair valley, it's not unusual to see an abundance of wildlife on the streets, in our backyards and sometimes on the front porch. I have had deer cross the porch in their quest to finish off my summer flowers. The other evening, just around 8:30, I was headed up GC&P Road. Anyone who regularly travels this road knows that deer and other creatures live along it as well. I know to slow way down when making the sharp turn at the old Tire America complex because deer cross there all the time. But the other night it was downright amusing. I had to come to a complete stop to allow a family of five raccoons to cross. They scurried in every which directions. Some even climbed the wall on the opposite side of the road as quickly as second-story jewel thieves. Well these guys are not so funny to me today. They have figured out how to un-lid our garbage cans and then they foughty over the trash bags inside. They have made a horrible mess. They drug the stuff all over the yard and hillside. On a few occasions we have found the trash bags torn up inside the cans but the lids are still on them! How do they do that? I have tried the mothballs and spraying the cans with vinegar but nothing works. I don't want to use anything that would harm other wildlife such as the neighbor's cats. Any suggestions short of catching them? I don't want to kill them either. Hey. we all have to live together.
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