After last summer’s mess, in which raccoons left us with 7 ears of mangled sweet corn, we decided to fight back. We considered loaning or leasing a dog. However neighbors didn’t want to part with their pets for a month. Pet dogs have to be fed and also watered, as well as we are missing from the farm part of each week. Pet dogs like to rest at night when raccoons are at job.
So I resorted to Mike Fargione, a wildlife biologist with the Cary Institute of Community Researches. Mike determined raccoons as the most likely offenders. “They might remember where they obtained food in previous years, but the ripe corn scent brings them over– else they would certainly exist earlier.” He recommended electric netting.