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Old 05-03-2014, 01:13 PM
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Yesterday I looked up in one of our willow trees to see a big, hairy animal asleep in the branches. Today I noticed it had moved to the next willow tree. DH says it's a raccoon, I thought a porcupine. Can anyone tell me if they usually sleep high up in a rather fragile willow tree. I actually thought it had passed away but when I hit the trunk of the tree with another piece of wood, it woke up enough to climb higher.

Great, now I'll have to worry about a raccoon falling on my head as I cut the lawn with the tractor in a few weeks.
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Old 05-03-2014, 01:47 PM
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I would have been worried it was a baby bear. Have you called a local Humane Society to see if they might know?
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:46 PM
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You hit the tree trunk?? I would have been afraid the varmint would have jumped on my head!!
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:51 PM
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I would borrow some binoculars. I know raccoons will climb high but not sure about porcupines. Would not want to get one of those quills in me.
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Most likely a coon because they are better climbers. Chances are he'll come down at night and move on.
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:56 PM
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No, porcupines will climb too. If it's not bothering you, and you don't have any pets to worry about, I'd say let the varmint be for a couple of days and see if it wanders away.
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:47 PM
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I doubt it will fall on your head while you are mowing. It will probably be startled by the noise and climb higher. Check with locals to see if porcupines are in your area. We don't have them around here.
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Are you sure it's not a possum? I never knew we had them here until one showed up in our yard this winter.
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:53 PM
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Raccoons are hairy, usually brown or grayish. Your DH said it was a raccoon so it probably is.
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Old 05-04-2014, 02:41 AM
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I was corresponding with a man from South Africa and he mentioned the same sort of thing. His hairy animal was a very large baboon! LOL. I would take a porcupine any day!
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