Dog vs. Raccoon~Urban Wildlife Incident Report
It was an ordinary quiet morning here in Kansas’ largest city. Then I heard my dog Lucas barking. Not the “I want to come in” bark. Not the “I see something across the street” bark. Not even the “there is a squirrel in that tree” bark. This was definitely the “there is a large unusual creature in the yard!” bark. I went out to see, and there it was. Was it a cat with strange markings? No, it was a raccoon in a tree. Unlike the fire incident in July, this time I sprinted back in the house, grabbed my camera out of the bag, switched to my 70-200mm zoom, and ran back out. Unfortunately, I looked down to see there was no memory card in the camera. I ran back in, found a card, inserted it, formatted it, and ran back out. The raccoon was still there, in a heated standoff with Lucas. I was able to get a few pretty good portraits. Things were getting pretty tense, and visions of rabies shots began dancing in my head, so Lucas and I retreated to the house and let the stressed raccoon go about his/her business. I believe these are the first raccoon images in my portfolio.