Yea, Verily, Verily, I say unto you—Not all who Wander are Lost….

It's All I REALLY miss about Living in Lago Vista, though

I miss the raccoons who used to gather on my front and upper decks in Lago Vista, Texas.  This is a hot summer, this summer of 2013 but I guess they have survived hotter.  Still, I hope they are doing OK while I’m here in New Orleans, not providing the copious bags of Wysong Canine Growth Food, supplemented with grapes and watermelon, carrots, and huge “kiddie” pools for drinking and splashing around in.  I would often have over 30 raccoons per might visiting my upper and lower decked and sometimes almost 100.  They would send the word out through their “coonie” networks and bring in friends and relations from everywhere in Lago Vista, Point Venture, and the Travis Peak (Balcones) National Wildlife Preserve northwest of town. So raccoons are clearly NOT solitary animals but they socially communicate information concerning abundant or attractive food supplies through networks which can reach farther and farther away from the source.  Or at least, that is my hypothesis based on observation in Lago Vista, NW Travis County, Texas.  And in general, Raccoons are marvels of adaptation.  I have watched photographed them in the heart of Beverly Hills 1 block south of Wilshire and 2 blocks east of Rodeo Drive and inside Harvard Yard in front of Lamont and Widener Libraries in Cambridge, Mass.  A long time ago, back in the 1980s, Massachusetts had a promotion featuring one of their “Bergmann’s Rule-Effect” (larger mammals in colder climates) Gigantic Raccoons featuring on various signs, posters, and even bumper stickers and keychains saying “From Massachusetts with Love”

If anyone has one of those old Massachusetts Raccoon posters, mugs, or promotions, I would be interested in purchase or exchange for other memorabilia…..

One response to “Yea, Verily, Verily, I say unto you—Not all who Wander are Lost….

  1. This looks just like my pet raccoon “Dizzy” (named after Benjamin Disraeli). He was an incredible and memorable character with fascinating hands and feet. I too have been an admirer of their adaptability. On a drive I made from the northernmost part of Illinois to Mexico City, the one animal that seemed to inhabit every environment in between was the raccoon. That is quite a variety of territory, so I was quite impressed. It’s a good thing that they’re fairly prolific, because the reason I knew they were there was that so many of them had met their tragic demise being struck by cars.
    If you’re thinking of enticing one of them to live around your property (or worse yet, allow them to invade your attic) beware! Wild raccoon scat can carry parasites (Baylisascaris — Raccoon Roundworm. This disease is caused by a parasite, a roundworm called Baylisascaris procyonis). It can infect a variety of animals. In humans it can cause blindness, brain damage, and even death (particularly, but not exclusively in young children). Sweeping the scat out of the garage, etc. makes the parasites go airborne and they are then inhaled, so you have to be really carefully how you dispose of it. It is best to burn it–but you’ll have to read up on it if it is in your house, since you obviously can’t burn it there.

    I love these critters, but I know they belong in the wild. I(I only had one because it was orphaned and needed a home. While he had a cage to nest in and get water and food, he was allowed to roam free when he became an adult. He always chose to remain in his “home” for part of each day.
    Our neighbors once trapped him because he was stealing food from their dog. They took him out to the wildlife preserve outside town because they didn’t know he was a pet. I figured I’d never see him again, but they told me where they had dropped him and I went out calling through the woods and I managed to get him back. I think he was a bit intimidated by the size of the place compared to the small woods behind our house, so luckily he hadn’t gone very far in. He greeted me with the joyous chirping noises that are so distinctive to raccoons. What a relief.

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