Raccoons seem to be getting smarter

Posted: Jul. 24, 2011 12:01 am Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 10:15 am


To The Herald-Whig:

With all the brush piles in front of most houses in Canton, Quincy, LaGrange and other local towns because of the big recent storms, all of the country raccoons have become city raccoons. Their typical home is a brush pile with a corn patch nearby. Now that they are city raccoons they have never had it so good.

A friend of mine said, "I came by your driveway a night or two ago and two momma coons and eight little raccoons were there."

It seems they multiply faster than mice. We humans multiply by one or two at a time. Raccoons have four to six each year. They may take over our planet because in the city they may learn how to read, become educated.

As a 79-year-old gardener-farmers market person, I just hope my retirement hobby of playing in the dirt doesn't bankrupt me. The raccoons got my first two patches of sweet corn. I only have two live traps and catch two each night. But these city raccoons have been reading. I think they seem to be smarter than coons of the past.

When you are roasting an ear of corn, laugh because it is one the raccoons did not get.


Russ Heindselman

LaGrange, Mo.


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