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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: raccoon with rabies
Yeah, I've heard rabid animals in the rage mode aren't easy to kill unless you get a head shot which isn't really good since the virus is in the brain. My dad saw a sick looking coon one day coming in the driveway, so I went looking for it armed with my .40, but I didn't see it. He said it was ambling along, so it probably went into a neighboring property or went into the depths of our bamboo.
I once caught a raccoon that was rubbed up furwise but was small. I let it go with a bit of the usual scrapping, only to see it wasn't too well.
Another time I caught a 5 pound coon in a lil griz on a night when it was about 15 degrees out. It was laying there dead in the trap. Born late and weak I guess. I have no idea why it was out in that weather other than it being REALLY hungry.
I've had 2 brushes with odd acting coons in broad daylight, 1 I shot it in the head without thinking, the other was on another property and ran out towards me and my dog chittering. My dog chased it away. There was a also the sick skunk episode way back before I owned any guns. My dad and I watched it go onto the neighbor's so I called down there and told the lady there was a sick skunk that went their way. She came up her hill and shot it in the head at about 30 feet with a .22 pistol. It did not spray. I looked it over and it had tumors, and a terrible sore on one foot.