Our Adventures with Raccoons While Camping.

Raccoons

We were camping at a primitive campground at a State park in Ohio. We were traveling and it was late when we pulled into the campground. We decided not to use the tent and just go to bed, we were tired. We started a campfire, to roast some hot dogs for dinner, after we had gotten the things unloaded that we would need.

Dennis and the boys hooked the pump up to the inflatable mattress that we used. The three boys spread their sleeping bags out around the campfire and our mattress was near also. We laid down and Dennis and the boys were soon out. I laid there watching the dying campfire, trying to calm my mind so that I could sleep.

I spotted movement at the edge of the woods and was watching to see what it was. They shortly came tumbling on out of the woods and I could see that it was a trio of raccoons. I had never seen any out in the wild but Dennis had told me about several experiences he'd had with them and I knew that they were not dangerous. I watched them exploring through our camp, as curious about these cute creatures as they were about us. I wished that Dennis and the boys were awake to watch them also but Dennis didn't wake when I nudged him and I knew if I said something they would probably run off.

One of them came over to the mattress and was watching on Dennis' side of the mattress. I laid really still and watched to see what it would do. He finally climbed up on the mattress and I almost laughed out loud at the look on his face. I could tell by then that it was a male. The give of the air mattress was a new experience for it.

It got right up in Dennis' face and was looking at his face, suddenly reaching out and touching his nose. I really wished he was awake now, he would have enjoyed this. He rarely slept this deep, especially when we were camping.

The raccoons finally left, but they left me with a sense of awe at having been so close to nature. The actions around our camp that night left me fascinated with raccoons and laughing at their antics.

More Raccoons

We were moving to Ohio and decided to camp for a few days while we looked for a rental. We all loved camping so it was no hardship for a week or two. We found a campground just over the border in Indiana from the town we wanted to rent in. We set up our tent and our awning. The boys would sleep in the tent and Dennis and I would sleep under the awning. We didn't like to be enclosed when we camped unless it was windy or cold.

We settled in to sleep one night and were quietly talking. We heard some noises coming from the other side of the tent and suddenly, three raccoons tumbled into camp. We were laying there watching them. They are really funny. One of them found a trash bag and got into it. The oldest boy was going to catch it for that. He was told to take it to the dumpster. There were some cans from baked beans in there and scrapings from plates. One of the cans had some beans in it from the scrapings.

The raccoon was eating the beans, dipping its paw in and scooping them out. It moved over next to us and ended up sitting on Dennis' chest. Then it noticed that Dennis' eyes were open and it stuck its paw out to him, as if offering some of the beans to him. Suddenly, it slapped the beans down on Dennis' bare chest. I ruined it and started laughing. It was so funny. The raccoons all jumped and ran off into the woods, leaving me laughing like a loon and Dennis with baked beans on his chest.

We stayed at this campground for a week and had a few more visits from the raccoons. They were all enjoyable and funny. No more baked beans though.

R-L My dad, niece Raschel, my dog Beau, cousin Teresa, myself.
R-L My dad, niece Raschel, my dog Beau, cousin Teresa, myself. | Source

Poor Beau

When Dennis and I got married, I had a dog. He was a 9-year old Sheltie/Poodle mix. He was sweet, cuddly and loveable but not real smart. He had been on thyroid pills, for an under-active thyroid for 5 years. He and Dennis did not get along too well at first. Beau was jealous of all the attention he was not getting and Dennis was irritated by the poor dog's lack of sense.

The dog was my baby and so Dennis finally got used to him. He had not had a pet for years, so it took some getting used to. I had never been without at least one, so didn't think I could. We went camping the following spring and took Beau with us. He had been camping with me a lot. We were camped along a river in central Arizona, near Cottonwood. We were looking at moving there and were looking for jobs and housing.

One morning, Dennis got up and went for a walk along the river while I was still sleeping. The dog went with him. He was thirsty, so he went down to the river for a drink. He slipped when the bank dissolved out from under him, and fell in the river. It had a fast current and Dennis' thought was that I was going to kill him if he allowed my baby dog to drown. He went in after the dog. He finally caught up to the dog when they went around a bend in the river and got swept into a still section.

He swam over to the dog, who was panicking because the fish were biting on his toes. It was very deep in that spot and Dennis could not reach the bottom. He could feel the fish nibbling on him also but he wasn't worried about it. The dog started climbing to get away from the fish nibbling on him and ended up on Dennis' head. Dennis finally got hold of him, to get him off of his head and tossed him up on the bank. That poor dog sure was relieved to get out of the water. He never had been much for swimming anyway. He didn't even like baths.

It was a little harder for Dennis to get out of the water as the river had steep banks along there but he managed to climb out. They came back to the camp just as I was getting up. I am not sure who was more disgruntled. The dog, who just wanted a drink or my poor husband, who had ruined a good pair of shoes going after the dog. He figured it was worth it to keep me from getting mad at him though.

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itsmonkeyboy 4 years ago from London, UK

Sounds like you've had some great times, and risky times! I love camping, you could maybe write some more about your camping experiences. With the economics of today camping can be amazing whilst also affordable, spreading the word might encourage more people to take up with such fun! Thank you for sharing, the raccoon stories were great.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

We have had a lot of great times camping but I do not believe any of them have been risky. Dennis is an excellent swimmer and was in no danger. That would have been the only risk involved in this. I generally write about whatever comes into my head. I have written other stories about camping. You never know what you will see on my pages. I do appreciate you coming by for a visit.


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itsmonkeyboy 4 years ago from London, UK

Ah, that's okay then, at the end of the day all were safe! Apologies, I hadn't finished perusing your hubs yet, I shall look deeper for those camping stories. Thank you.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

It is "How to Keep Your Children Close".


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itsmonkeyboy 4 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, I started reading but am tired, I'll sleep now and come back to it tomorrow. Many thanks again. Good night!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great funny camping story. I'm so glad Beau was saved by Daddy. Voted up, awesome and funny. Thanks for the much needed laugh.


Caravandrifter 4 years ago

Loved your story, we don't have those in Australia. live the dream! Jim


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I was glad he rescued poor Beau too. He seemed to spend a lot of time rescuing Beau. Beau would back up and sit on his foot before starting to bark at someone. I am glad this amused you. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Haha! Dennis and Beau better be thankful the nibblers were the N. American variety and not the Amazon toothy kind! How delightful reading about y'alls' Raccoon experiences; what a funny deal with the one on Dennis' mattress. What did he say when you told him about it Becky?


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Caravan Drifter. I believe that you have something similar to Raccoons. I just cannot remember the name of them. Coati Mundi, Is that it? I am so glad that you enjoyed these stories. Thank you for coming by for a visit.

Alastar, If they had been the Amazon toothy kind of fish, poor Beau would have been on his own. My husband was smitten, not stupid. They were probably carp, trout, or catfish. He laughed and wished that he had woken up when I told him about them.I am glad that you enjoyed and thank you for coming by for a visit.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

These are such delightful stories Becky. The racoons sound so sweet and really cheeky. It must have been so cute with the one on the matress ao curious and inspecting Dennis's face. Poor Dennis seems to cop for it all.

We don't have racoons here but we have possoms. They are considered pests because of the damage that they do and they carry bovine tuberculosis. I have seen the smaller breed in Australia but ours are the large breed and cause a lot of damage to houses as well as the wildlife.

Pooe Beau he must have been terrified at the fish nibbling his feet, I can just see him struggling to get onto Dennis's head. Poor Dinnis.

Voting up across the board


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sofs 4 years ago

Lovely little stories here, enjoyed your adventures with you. I have never seen a raccoon except in pictures.. they sound like fun.. Wishing you the best in the year ahead!! God Bless!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Rosemary, some people think of raccoons as pests as well as the possums. They have both here. They are cheeky, curious and mischievous. They will also tear you up if they feel threatened. I knew that if you don't threaten them, they will not harm you and most in campgrounds are less terrified of us than those out in the wild which have been threatened and hunted. Dennis has told me of times when he was a Boy Scout, when they would come right into camp and share your marshmallows with you.

Yes, poor Beau felt so terrified. He didn't like water anyway and then the fish were nibbling on his toes. He didn't know what to think.

Dennis does seem to draw mischief to him. I don't have any idea why though.

Sofs, I had never seen a raccoon either. I was raised in the west and when we moved east, I saw all kinds of animals that I had never seen before. They don't have fireflies or possums in the west either. They are so much fun to watch.

I so appreciate you both coming by to visit. I am glad you enjoyed this.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Seems like you're becoming quite the raccoon expert, whether you want to be or not. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Becky, I voted this UP, BEAUTIFUL and FUNNY.

I loved it... I don’t know whether it was the raccoons' interest in Dennis (Interesting, this. What is it about him?). Or the lovely pictures or the wonderful dog climbing on the man’s head.

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but in an emergency men are there for dogs to climb on.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

alocsin, I found out what one looks like in person anyway. I was in my thirties before I ever saw one. I found out they're funny to watch. I am glad you liked this and thank you for coming by to visit.

Ian, my old coot, so good to see you here. I don't know why but the raccoons never messed with anyone else. All the stuff always happened to him. I took the dog for walks for years alongside the river and he never fell in. Maybe he pushed him in. I will never know. I am so glad that you enjoyed this and came by to visit.


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Dingpo 4 years ago

Hi Becky

My Wife and family have been campers all our lives,my wife and children spent all six weeks summer holidays under canvas on a small island called Mersea Island off the Essex coast. Travled most every road in Wales But the place we loved most is the Scotish Highlands Climbing Hiking Cannoeing. On one occasion had an encounter with mischievous Otters also kyacking with Seals and Dolpins and on two ocasions been within feet of Golden Eagles. Climbed Ben Nevis

in Scotland Scarfell Pike in England and Snowden in Wales within twentyfour hours for charity. I have written a book of 260 pages fantysizing all our adventures in Scotland into a fairy story. Loved every minute. I went back by myself,on one occasion with the dogs which had a strange out come which i will relate in a story sometime in the future Have a Wonderful Happy and Healthy New Year


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Dingpo, you have been places that I have dreamed of camping at. I would love to go to those places. Alas, It is not to be. I will have to make do with Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. As well as several other National Parks, State Parks and various little wilderness campgrounds. I guess I have been camping in some awesome places too, just not the ones you have. I love camping and I am so glad that this reminded you of happy times. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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CaravanDrifter 4 years ago from Queensland

Your places sound really exiting too, I have heard so much about them ie Yellowstone. Here I have camped with crockodiles in the river next to me "in a caravan" and the Snowey mountains where you can ski, and the deserts, this year I am going from Brisbane to Melbourne via the coast, then up through the middle through Alice Springs and Darwin and then across to Cook Town then home, about 15000 km and loving it. Enjoy and have a happy new year Jim


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Caravan Drifter, I would be terrified by the crocodiles, although they have alligators in Florida and Louisiana. I have never been to those places. I don't ski so the Snowy mountains are out for me. The cold does not thrill me one bit. I was raised in the desert and love it. It is a fascinating place to live. We had lizards come into the house at times. They were always fun. Thanks for coming by to visit.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

These are great and fun memories Becky. We used to tent camp a lot but now I am used to my comfort and prefer a nice RV. I laughed at your stories of camping woe and adventure. Thank you for sharing them with us.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hyphen, I am glad you liked them. I really wished I had a camera ready but oh well. Taking a picture of the raccoons bugging Dennis would have been good pictures. I always kept mine locked in the car unless I was using it.

I also prefer an RV now. I need my mattress and a bathroom near by. I can't handle the 10 minute trot down to the rest rooms.

I am so glad that you came by to read and visit.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I loved this one; we are also camping fanatics and sometimes pack up the Honda and away we go.

We have a wonderful campsite we go to up in North wales called 'Shell island!!'

Nothing quite like it is there.

I have to award this one an up up and away.

Take care

Eddy.


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Dingpo 4 years ago

I Know Shell Island well had many a great time camping in the dunes


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you for sharing these wonderful, funny adventures with us, it sounded as though you have had some great fun times!

Voted up/funny


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Eddy, we kept our stuff ready to go. All we had to do is load it in the utility trailer and stop at the grocery. We haven't been in a few years because my husband is disabled and can't get up off the ground anymore. We are looking for a small camper so we can get back out though. I can't wait. Apparently, you and Dingpo go to the same spot camping. Thanks for coming by to visit and for the votes.

Dingpo, Apparently, you and Eddy go to the same spot. Check her face carefully, are you sure you don't know her? Thanks for coming by to visit.

Movie Master, It is so nice to see you here. We have had some great times out camping and since I seem to write about my family, it is a good thing that we had a lot of adventures. Thank you for coming by and visiting.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Sounds like some of our adventures. We once slept in our van in Northern Arizona because it was raining. We had left the side doors open for ventilation, and were stunned in the morning to find bear tracks that indicated the bear was looking in the van!

Oops!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Will, I have never had a bear peer in the door at me or I would never go camping again. I am terrified of contact with a bear for some reason. I am glad that happened to you and not me. Thanks for coming by and leaving your great comment.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

OMG! Becky this is great. Racoons playing touchy feely in the night and a near drowning dog! Hilarious. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of your camp amigo!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

snakeslane, I am glad that you enjoyed this. The raccoons were funny. That they always went for Dennis is a mystery but he must have some kind of attraction for them. The dog almost drowning wasn't so funny but poor Dennis got that one too. That dog never did anything stupid unless Dennis was there to get him out of it. Sat on his foot often to make sure his backup didn't leave. Then he barked at groups of dogs or groups of people. He also sat on Dennis when someone in the neighborhood fired several bullets in their direction. Dennis was trying to dive for cover and the dog is sitting on his foot.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Becky what great stories. Seems like Dennis was in the middle of them. I can see these stories as Disney adventures. Voted up and funny.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Yes Becky, I agree, Beau's mishap not so funny, but there was That moment when he climbed up on Dennis' head! Your dog and Dennis are good guardians.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Mike, I was just over to see your hub that I missed. I didn't get notified of it. It wasn't even in my feed. Poor Dennis seemed to get all the weird things. He just has this magnetic attraction for trouble. He is still using it and I wish it would stop. Some of them are not at all funny. Thanks for coming by to visit.

snakeslane, That was pretty funny and the totally disgruntled look on both of their faces when they came back was hysterical. I missed pictures of course. I never seem to have a camera available when the good pictures are there.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Funny you say that about notifications, I did not see a notification of this hub. Found it through snakeslane comment stream.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

How do you think I found yours? I went to your page to look for something and found the hub that I hadn't read. We will find these whether they notify us or not.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

I was never a good camper, but I like to hear the stories of those who are. Sounds intriguing, but at times heroing...like with the racoons. We use to have a few come into the yard at night to drink from the kiddie pool. One even tried to reach my cat's dish on the patio. My kitty fought her ground and won. I didn't think she would as the raccoon was bigger than she was. It was the last time I let her have her food dish outside. : ) Great hub. Thanks for the share.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

girltalksshop, Some people do not enjoy camping, I think it is because they were not introduced to it at an early age. Raccoons are fun to watch and as long as they do not feel threatened, they will not harm you. If I had made any noise or motions, they would have probably run off. The raccoon in your yard evidently did not feel that the cat food was worth fighting over. I appreciate you for coming by and visiting.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love to go camping. We took our daughter and one of her friends one time when they were about 10 years old. Long story short, the girls were scared of the racoons, but I was hand feeding them weiners. It was a very weird feeling when they would touch my hand with their fingers. I love your hub, sounds like to have wonderful times! Voted up and interesting!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Raccoons are something that everyone can't handle. It might be best that your daughters were afraid of them. They would have the caution to stay away. Adult usually have sense enough to stay away from aggressive ones. It is a different feeling to have them touching you with their fingers. We do not think of them having fingers.

I am very happy to have you come by and visit and hope you come again soon.


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christianajohan 4 years ago

Hi Becky Becky Becky,

It's been a while now. I've been busy. I like this top 1 hub of yours. Very interesting to read.

For that, I want you to be featured in my profile as one of my favorite authors.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

christiana, You are right, it has been too long. I also have been busy and it is difficult to try to keep up with all the people I follow. I am going to have to get over and read some more of yours.

I would be honored to be on your list of favorite authors. That is always a great honor and I appreciate it. I do so appreciate you coming by to visit. We must try not to let it go this long next time.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

This was one fave of many and a great one to share with my followers. Love those bandits Becky!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I do love the little bandits also Alastar. I am so glad that you came by to visit.


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Gypsy Flower 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A

I was introduced to camping at a young age, but never really took to it. My sister did--she and her family still go out camping, hiking, backpacking, etc. on a regular basis.

While camping has never been my forte, I've always loved animals of all kinds, & hearing about the exploits of the coons, Beau, & Dennis (yes, husbands can be considered a species of cuddly animal!) was quite fun. Maybe the kid who slapped the beans on Dennis' chest thought he looked hungry? Even a bandit can be led to generosity! Voted up, awesome and funny.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Gypsy Flower, welcome. While not all look forward to camping, we all seem to love the outdoors. Loving animals is a universal calling and these raccoons are very entertaining. The little bandits were a lot of fun. Thank you for coming to visit.


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resspenser 4 years ago from South Carolina

Good one! Nothing like a good raccoon story.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Raccoons are fun, aren't they? So glad you came by to visit.


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Cute little critters aren't they, we do not have them here in Australia.

Nice hub Becky


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

katyzzz, Raccoons are really cute and they are funny to watch. You may not have raccoons but you do have koalas. They are adorable. I have a couple of really cute videos of them. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This was cute, funny and well told, Becky. I loved the part where Dennis jumped in the river to save your little dog. And the raccoon on his chest eating beans. What a hoot!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peg, We always had a lot of fun when we went camping. We never knew what would turn up to make things lively. Amazingly, we went to relax. Glad you enjoyed and that you came by to visit.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Never run across racoons camping but our last house had a ravine running through the back of the lot with all sorts of critters. The raccoon s would dig up things in the garden, try to get in the house and were quite inventive about getting into the garbage. They are cute but can be a problem. up votes and shared.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

dahoglund, we never had any that lived around our house. I imagine they would be a pain to put up with if they did. We have had bobcats, opossums, deer, bears, armadillos and snakes take up residence on our front porch. They were interesting and the bear was scary. My husband took the rifle out the back door and shot to scare it away. It was a hunting rifle and he was close to the door if he needed to escape. It also had special bullets, which would have killed it if he had had to shoot it. The dog was going nuts. One of these days I will get to a hub on them all. Thanks for coming to visit.


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Suhail and my dog 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

The last adventure wasn't raccoon related, but was funny. However, at the time it may not have been funny for your husband. That is what makes our misadventures into joyous experiences with the passage of time.

I don't have any experience with raccoons, although I live close to a conservation park and we have many, but a friend had a nasty one with a raccoon family taking up residence in his attic.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Suhail and my dog, I know the last one wasn't raccoon related but I needed a little something more to make this hub the right size and I didn't have enough raccoon stories. We have had many interesting experiences and some end good and some, we would just as soon forget about. My best friend's father when I was growing up was the manager at a wildlife refuge. They had many fun experiences while there. Raccoon's can be testy and really pests if they get in your house. It is hard to get them out and they will tear things up. Thank you for coming to visit. I appreciate it.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Becky,

This hub has me smiling. I can just imagine how cute it must have been watching those raccoons in action. The image of your dog Beau on top of your husband's head in the river would have been quite a sight! Haha! Up and funny votes. :)


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Peggy, I am glad that you find this funny. We have had a lot of fun while we were camping. I appreciate you coming to visit.

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