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For nearly two weeks, my next-door neighbors had tried to get rid of a family of raccoons that were destroying their manicured backyard. At about 8 p.m. on July 21, the slider door to my backyard turned hot with heat and a bright red glow could be seen through the glass. I realized there was a raging fire next door, and it had traveled the fence into our yard and was heading to my house.

My family and I immediately evacuated and dozens of neighbors were outside, looking on in panic and moving cars to make room for the fire trucks. Fortunately, my husband and neighbor’s husband hosed with fervor until the fire department came, and ultimately the damage was mainly to the wooden fences and the large cypress trees that had lined them.

Prior to the fire, my neighbor had spotted the raccoons digging up her plants — again. Cayenne pepper on the grass hadn’t worked, nor had any other method she had found out about online and tried. But animals don’t like fire, right? So, she lit up a leftover July 4 firework-starter in the yard with hopes to shoo them away. Except the flame shot a little farther than expected and launched into thick brush that instantly sizzled out of control. My neighbor feels terrible about it, she said. Today she is outside, helping rebuild a fence.

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Founder July 25, 2010 @ 12:58 p.m.

  • Racoon Tycoon -

Racoon's are protected, we are all directed,

but if you've faced them yourself, you will see why many folks don't think, they need to be!

If you have a big racoon family of two, three or lots more, then you better consider installing a revolving door!

So if you love (or hate) them, here is what you should do, ask for some real Professional help, like from the Zoo.

There are many humane things you can try, without making any of your neighbors cry.

Remember, Wildlife is great fun, to watch and listen to, but be very, very careful, if any come after you!

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David Dodd July 26, 2010 @ 9:36 p.m.

Ha! Glad no one was hurt. Tell your neighbor to try either wolf or coyote urine. Those rascals will leave the area immediately.

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SurfPuppy619 July 26, 2010 @ 10:09 p.m.

Tell your neighbor to try either wolf or coyote urine.

Errr...just where can one obtain "coyote urine" in San Diego?????

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David Dodd July 26, 2010 @ 11:44 p.m.

Well, duh! ;)

http://www.predatorpee.com/

There are plenty of places that one can order the stuff. Fight nature with nature! You know, mail-order style :)

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Founder July 27, 2010 @ 8:27 a.m.

2, #3 & #4

  • Makes Scents -

Finding some of this wee or any kind of pee,

should make it easy for the Zoo, to recycle all of it's Pooh.

Imagine how the stuff from the Wild Animal Park would scare all these local critters, after dark!

I'm sure they have lots of great #1 & #2, that would also be very helpful, to both me and you!

Much of it could be "recycled" and collected every day, and be used for better purposes than to be flushed away...

If this "adaptive reuse" is OK please call them and let US know what they say!

To protect my plants, and I'm not lying, I'd like to get some strong pee from a Lion;

but for all my other plants, I'd use some from elephants,

For those of you with a garden, that use a rototiller, what could be better, than to use some Do, from a Gorilla?

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