i came out to look in the garden to see if rabbits were getting past the electric fence that just went in. As I came out the door I saw the eyes of 4 raccoons down at the chicken house in the beam of my flash light. There was an adult and 3 young ones. I was able to walk to about 15 feet from them before they began to scatter. This little guy bumped into the bucket while trying to escape and fell into it when trying to jump over the obstacle.
They were eating some corn that got spilled on the ground (you can see it in the picture) and not eating any of our animals. After showing the girls this young of the year raccoon I trumped over the bucket and sent it on its way.
So long as they’re not breaking into the coop and killing our critters they’ll not be shot but may be trapped this fall.