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I am in Miami Florida and I noticed my backyard has animal poop that I didn't noticed before. I know there are squirrels, ducks, a stray cat that occasionally come through the yard, but these seems bigger in size and I thought may be dogs but the backyard is fully fenced.

Last night around 6pm it was beginning to get dark when I got home, but I had a phone call so I stayed in my car parked in the driveway for a good half hour talking...while I was talking, I saw a raccoon coming down from the palm tree in the front of my driveway.





If you look at this palm, the old palm fronds dry out and drap to the main trunk, resulting in a "skirt" look. The raccoon, about 22-24" long, crawl out from under the dry palm skirt and went down to the ground, then slowly walked to my side yard, went under the fence gate and to the back.

I am pretty sure the poop are from this raccoon.

Does it mean the raccoon has nested up on the palm inside those dried up fronds? Or is the nest somewhere else and he/she just happened to crawl up there to look for food?

Is there something I can do to keep the raccoon off my backyard?

Should I have those dried up fronds cut away to expose the entire palm, taking away his/her nest? Or is there a less drastic measure by spraying something around the base of the tree to drive him/her away? I kind of like the current look of the palm.

Ideas?
 

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If that were my property I'd keep the tree as is and be rid if the racoon with a live trap and a few kernels of corn and the sooner the better. I firmly believe every racoon on a property is constantly contemplating how to get into the attic of a dwelling where that's available. An attic must resemble a big ole hollow tree.
 

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I would relocate the raccoon by whatever means necessary. That may or may not be legal for you to do where you live.
 
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I'm in a similar situation as you with a raccoon. Read up on the laws of fur-bearing animals and nuisance animals for your state and see what you can do and how. Some places, like Texas, it's illegal to relocate due to the possibility of rabies. If you don't want to trap it yourself, contact your local animal control and see if they can come set out a trap for you.
 

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You might want to have those dry fronds trimmed or light em on fire - that will get rid of the raccoon. :vs_lol:

The trimming might make it a less desirable place to live as he will be more exposed.
 

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The tree is also called a Palmetto Palm which I think is the state tree for S Carolina. Guess what loves to live in them by the thousands - Palmetto bugs aka roaches. I remember cutting one down years ago as a kid. The roaches ran out by the hundreds.

I would trim those dead fronds.
 

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People eat everything! Did the OP get their question answered?:wink2:
The OP received a few answers to their question with suggestions regarding trapping, trimming the tree, and contacting local wildlife officials. Have you not read the entire thread? The answers are in many of the first responses. See posts #2 - #10.

Also note: OP has not posted to this thread since originally starting said thread one month ago.
 

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Please don't misinterpret what I wrote. I love the humor & in fact, some of the answers were from me. I just think it's hilarious what happens to threads :)
I saw you had originally answered the OP, and figured you were just trying to rerail the thread. You quoted me and asked a question. I was just playing along by answering. No misinterpretation. All in fun. :thumbsup:
 
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