News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Breaking News

Opinion

May 11, 2013

RONN MOTT: ‘Raccoons II’

In the Algonquin Indian language, raccoon means “working with hands.” They are really cute little fellows until they injure a child, or a pet, or leave feces around where you certainly do not want it.  

We wrote about all the places where they live and the damage they can cause. I've just had two trapped in my basement. It was expensive and time-consuming and, in general, upsetting to family and pets. (My grandfather would have killed both of them with a shotgun.) I, evidently, am not allowed to protect my home against these wild animal intruders. However, in our city a few weeks ago, human intruders were shot by homeowner to protect self and property. I must be missing something here.  

In the wild, I would never bother a raccoon. But, if he's in my house, I think he puts his life in jeopardy. I believe it's something the city should be aware of and do something about. Anybody who lives near a storm drain will tell you they see raccoons going in and out of this perfectly man-made water drain where many of them live and raise families. This is the second house where I've had to battle raccoons. There are some very nice things about an old house, but I can tell you one of the things that is not so nice is this clever, hands-working, bandit-faced, four-legged intruder from the wild. I'm certainly not going to write in the newspaper that the next time I will shoot, but it has more than just crossed my mind. I could have bought two good shotguns for putting two of these rascals in traps and sending them to parts unknown. Maybe we should change the name of the town to Raccoonville.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct Hispanic Caucus Slams GOP for Border Bill Shifts Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity