Originally Posted by biosigns83642
Those are great pictures, Mac! I can see how you might be able to get a good glimpse of gender, AND how you could think it might be a cat. Especially when he is all curled up there behind the chimney thing. He looks a little like my parents' cat who is currently living in my extra room.
We have a lot of raccoons in the Boise area. They live in the urban/suburban environment very well as long as there are some trees, landscaping, etc. for them to hide in. You have to be careful with pet food and pet doors, because they'll fight the pets for the food, and more than one person has returned to a trashed house because a raccoon came in and forgot how to get out!
Actually, the first time I seen him up there his head was tucked under in such a way that I could not see any of the black mask or the shape of his snout, which would have been strong clues. It did look big for a cat, but I have seen some huge cats before and I was not sure of the scale when he was all curled up.
Also, the fur is lighter at some angles than at others... and definitely not the normal colors for the raccoons around here, or, at least I have never seen a raccoon of this color around here before.
And about raccoons causing problems with people’s homes, there was a news segment just today about some raccoons nesting in someone's attic. This is raccoon breading season and a lot of people are finding raccoons moving in to nest. Some people don't take to this too well. But, ya know, just what are they to do when we keep cutting down their natural habitat?
I think we should cut them some slack and learn to live with their occasional transgressions. Just look for solutions for the problems that develop without causing these animals any ill will. When I say I want peace on earth, I do not mean just between humans, but with all life.