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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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A suprise at camp today

My son and I went to camp today to check on it and cut some wood. Upon getting out and walking over to the porch we saw a baby raccoon lying there in front of the steps. It was motionless. We looked at it and wondered what happened to it. Well I thought better get a shovel and get rid of it. When I began to scoop it up it MOVED a little. It looked like on the verge of death. It gasped for air then moved ever so slowly and then died. Its eyes were shut and never opened and there was a tiny bit of blood on its tongue when it fell outa its mouth when it died. What do you guys think might of happened to it? It seemed to be uninjured on the outside.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 04:51 PM
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Re: A suprise at camp today

Do you have mouse/rat baits out? Sounds pretty textbook to me.

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Re: A suprise at camp today

Could be any number of things like rabies or distemper, as raccoons tend to be susceptable to both, plus now there's an intestinal parasite said to be plagueing them?

Some months ago our WCO asked us to notify him if we found any dead 'coons that weren't obviously dead as roadkill or some other reason, because they're testing them for a parasitic condition.

Naturally I offered to give out his home address so folks could just drop off carcasses on his porch, but his wife hollered NO! from the back of the meeting room.

Maybe 12-15 years ago we had lots of dead 'coons found up where my camp is in 3A. IIRC, it was the result of a distemper "epidemic" in that area, not rabies? We came across several dead ones in my woods, during fall turkey season that year. There is normally a large 'coon population around there, but we went several years before seeing any live ones again.

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Re: A suprise at camp today

I saw a similar thing with a baby woodchuck many many years ago. The critte was lying by a railroad track that ran from Cochranton to Meadville when I stumbled on it and a larger chuck off to the side that I assume was the mom. Anyhow the little one had a discharge comoing from an ear and it walked a few steps and fell over dead. I guess the mom chuck dragged or forced it out of the den.

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Re: A suprise at camp today

Joe the logger, that does sound like its the cause but I don't use any poison to control mice.

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Re: A suprise at camp today

Well, from what others are posting there may be something going on with them. They don't all survive, no species has a 100% of their offspring live to maturity. I guess if you really want to know you could take it to the proper place to find out.

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