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spoke with her, I could hear her screaming at the kids to stay in the house and to not open any of the doors leading outside. I got directions and headed her way. As I drove down the long driveway leading to the isolated old farmhouse, I noticed several children running around the outside of the house. They saw me pulling down the lane and ran up to me with frightened looks on their faces. “Hurry up, officer, my mom’s inside and so is the raccoon.” I grabbed my snare pole and ran into the house. When I got inside the mother was holding the door knob of the door leading to the kitchen. “Where is the raccoon?” I asked. “It’s in the kitchen. It came in the back door when I went outside to see if it was still in the area. I’m holding the door closed because the latch doesn’t work and the coon is trying to get through.” Just then I noticed a pair of paws reach from under the door and grab the bottom edge of the door. As the animal grabbed and pulled on the door it let out horrible blood-curdling screams. The lady could barely hold the door closed as the raccoon pulled. I asked her to hold the door while I ran back out to my truck to get a cage trap and my .22 rifle. She told me to hurry because she didn’t know how much longer she could hold the door. I came back with my cage trap and 12 quickly set it, baited it with some cookies and then placed it on the floor next to the door. I loaded my .22 rifle and laid it behind me at my feet and then grabbed my snare pole. I told the lady that when I grabbed the door knob she could let it go. I told her to take all her kids, go outside and wait for me. During the entire time that raccoon kept pulling on the door and screaming. My plan was to release the door knob and hope the raccoon would find the cookies and enter the trap. If it didn’t and decided to take an alternate route I would try to lasso it with my pole or, as a last resort, shoot it with the .22. As soon as I released the door knob the raccoon pulled the door open. As it exited the kitchen it noticed the cookies and started eating the small pieces. Eventually, its entire body was in the trap but it was not stepping on the pan to spring the trap door. As it munched on the last cookie piece I slowly and quietly stepped toward the trap and released the trigger, closing the door. Surprisingly, the animal never paid attention to me until it ate the last piece of cookie. At that point it went crazy. I put on my leather gloves and took it where it wouldn’t be causing any more problems. Although these animals were relatively small, they created a lot of excitement for me, but, in both cases, it worked out well in the end. As for me, the drycleaners managed to get the muddy stink out of my uniform, and my boots cleaned up fine, but, I still have nightmares about that crazy raccoon. GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Forestry & Wildlife
Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Spring Gobbler Double Take
The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
The Bender Fields
Death of the Turkey Jinx
WLA is Solid Gold
Wetlands for Wildlife
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Forestry & Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Spring Gobbler Double Take
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Bender Fields
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Death of the Turkey Jinx
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - WLA is Solid Gold
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Wetlands for Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover3
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