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Old 06-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by Caslon View Post
I couldn't resist posting this YouTube link. You've probably already seen it.
I watched a couple of the videos. Raccoons are not domestic animals. They belong in their natural habitat. Unfortunately, with the increase in urbanization, we humans have taken over a lot of their habitat. Raccoons are opportunists. They are also very destructive. It is to the species detriment that as babies they are so darned cute. There are ways to deter coons from one's property (besides using a firearm). We figure when we plant the sweet corn field, a percentage will go to the coons. What I am not prepared to do is sacrifice any of my hens to coons. We are working on a plan for getting the coon to move (with her babies) to protect my chickens. But you can bet when I hear "that distress sound" Rocky and Myrtle make, I bolt it outside to make sure Momma coon isn't hunting my hens. The sad thing is, coons don't eat chickens--they just bite the heads off. How awful is that? If you're going to slaughter something, be prepared to eat it.

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Old 06-01-2012, 09:55 PM   #52
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Coons can be entirely tame, but they really can't be real domestic. As that guy knows, they can't be left loose in a house unsupervised. There's a saying around here that someone "is like a pet coon," if they can't keep their hands off things and usually mess up what they touch.

In my youth, my roommate and I rescued a coon from a cop who had pulled him from a small tree in town and was going to take him to the woods before the coon peed in his car, moving him to want to shoot the coon. We recognized the coon as having escaped from a squalid cage where he had been on display at a gas station. We kept him at home until my roommate went for a visit to his hometown where he had a place in the country to turn him out where he wouldn't be too abruptly thrown onto entirely his own devices. He was friendly and completely tamed, but was only as domestic as it was possible for a coon to be, and we learned the hard way about pet coons in the house. It was pretty funny, though, giving him a piece of bread and watching him try to wash it first. He was a happier and well nourished raccoon when he went back to the woods.

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Old 06-01-2012, 10:05 PM   #53
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I had my second grade teacher read Stirling North's " Rascal" to us, and this inspired one of my best friends from grade school, who had a dad who was a hunter, to bring home 5 baby coons after the mom was shot. I remember carting them around, wrapped in towels. They were adorable, but bit and scratched the heck out of us.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:04 AM   #54
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Sorry, folks, but I serve (and have since 2005) on the board of a wildlife sanctuary.
Raccoons, skunks, foxes, etc., are not intended to be pets and will revert to their "wild" instinctual behavior. Trying to keep them as pets is wrong. That's all I'm going to say on that. Except, I think of the woman in CT who had her face ripped off by her "pet" chimp. Here in Ontario, not only is it wrong, it is against the law.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:02 AM   #55
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Horse is delicious. I only had it once, in Denmark.
What did it taste like?
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:08 AM   #56
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Originally Posted by simonbaker View Post
What did it taste like?
It tasted like good quality red meat. It was very tender. It was served as steaks.

The person who served it to me didn't realize it was horse meat. When my mother told him a week later (she had seen it at the same butcher shop, on special), he went to the washroom and threw up.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:45 PM   #57
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As a kid a friend of mine used to get a baby coon every year from one of the barns on his farm and keep is as a pet of sorts until it grew up.

Coons love eggs and we used to give this one eggs and enjoyed watching it break the eggs and eat the contents. Well my friends mother had these marble eggs in a basket and we decided to give the coon one. It was quite a site to watch the little fellow try as hard as he could to open that egg. He must have spent a 1/2 hour pounding at that thing. He gave up and he never fell for that trick again.

And to keep this on a cooking topic.

Barbeque Racoon

1 Racoon
Barbeque sauce

Cut up racoon and bake at 350 degrees with salt,pepper,and onions until tender. 1/2 to 1 hour. When tender add barbecue sause and put back into a low temperature oven,basting with sauce, for a while longer.

Barbeque Sauce

1 Onion
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt

Larger coons may require more sauce.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:32 PM   #58
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I dont think I could ever eat a raccoon...although saying that, I have eaten Kangaroo

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