|opinions on evil raccoons.
||[Jan. 22nd, 2008|11:01 am]
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I keep three rabbits in my backyard. They have a large, 3 story cage, a large hole they dug under it, and a 20 by 20 foot space or so to romp in. Maybe more. It's winter, cold, so I figure I shouldn't close them in because they may need a mad dash around the yard to keep warm every once in a while.
Well, a couple of raccoons have been coming by, and I've fed them. I thought they were scavengers. I had no idea they killed small animals, I just thought they'd eat them if already dead. Last night they came buy again. We watched, joyfully, as they chomped on cheese its and golfish crackers. They were so cute.
This morning one of my rabbits was found dead. Mauled. Fur everywhere. I'm in shock, but not total disbelief. I can't believe the raccoons would betray me like that.
Tonight I want to close the other two rabbits in their cage, and shoot the raccoons if they come by.
What would you do if this happened to you? Would you kill the raccoons or simply accept the loss and accept that it was your fault, that the rabbits should have been inside, or at least locked in the cage at night.
EDIT: I posted this almost immediately after I found out. I would never have really shot the animal, but I was angry. Next time I see them I'll scare them off. And I will be locking up the rabbits at night from now on. And I didn't know they were predators...excuses excuses. But I just want everyone to know that I'm no longer even thinking about killing it because it was my fault and I'm mad at myself and I can't turn back time.
Why is it that everyone but me knew not to feed raccoons?
I had no idea they killed, I thought they were purely scavengers.