Mariton: Family Squabble
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager
I heard a ruckus while walking along the Woods Trail, and immediately started scanning the trees for raccoons. Two small raccooons were fighting over where they planned to sleep that day. It was a “domestic disturbance”, but you didn’t need to be Dr. Doolittle to translate the obsenities that they were hurling at each other. I diffused the squabble when I tried to get closer for a photograph. They both sought shelter in the tree cavity. Still one of the raccoons wasn’t happy to be sharing its sleeping quarters. I continued to hear hisses and cussing while I worked up the Spuce Trail for an eye level view, and I am certain they were not directed at me. The camera only captured the reflections of their eyes. When I retreated out of sight, the squabble renewed until one of the siblings relocated.