Back at the ranch

Back at the ranch

I don’t travel all the time.  Lately I have been trapping coons, pesky little critters that invade the barn and utility room, eating horse, chicken, dog and cat food and making a mess.  They also raid the garden and eat the peaches and butternut squash.  When trapped they are ferocious, barring their teeth and hissing.  I use a live trap and then shoot them, no relocation or rescue shelter for coons.  Last year in a little over a month I trapped over 40 coons. Twice I caught two at a time.  When I baited my trap this spring, I had no success and only when I examined the trap did I realize that the last coon had gnawed a hole in the wire.  I let it rest for a while, gave it some thought and patched the hole.  The patch job was not pretty to look at but immediately I started catching coons.  So far I have trapped 6 in about 10 days.  As the peaches are ripe I am serious about saving the crop this year.  In the past, the coons and birds have feasted on the fruit.  This year I’m eating peaches and butternut squash.