We wanted to let you know what we have been dealing with over here on Tall Pine. Over the course of several nights, we had years worth of landscaping efforts destroyed that amounts to thousands of dollars wasted. We installed motion activated lights over the weekend, and were shocked and dismayed when they revealed no less than 10 marauding raccoons (probably more) digging through mulch, trenching along hardscape, and pulling out plants from midnight until 5 am. Basically, in a few nights, the raccoons have decimated 100s of square feet of land. After realizing the severity of the problem, we are forced to spend more money to hire wildlife professionals in an attempt to trap and relocate the raccoons before we even think about repairing the damage. We spoke to some of our neighbors about the problem, and it has come to our attention that some individuals in our neighborhood are intentionally feeding raccoons!!! Yes, they can be cute, but they can be very destructive, both to soft and hard landscaping. More importantly, these are wild animals and should be treated as such. They are a primary vector of rabies and other diseases that can be transmitted to both humans and pets. The pack that invaded our yard showed little fear of our lights or attempts by us to scare them away. Please, if you are luring and feeding raccoons, or know a neighbor who is, we strongly recommend that this practice be stopped before our problem extends beyond our yard to yours.
Scott and Annette Engel
Tall Pine Ln.