Skip to comments.Raccoons destroy German vineyards [Nazi Raccoons!]
Posted on 10/27/2005 12:12:26 PM PDT by LibWhacker
Thousands of marauding racoons, descendents of animals released by Hermann Goering, have overrun vineyards in central Germany.
The nocturnal mammals descended on vineyards in the Brandenburg region, west of Berlin, ruining the harvest. Ripening grapes are a favourite snack of the stripy-tailed rodent.
'Raccoons wiped out almost the entire harvest in a matter of days,' winemaker Werner Kothe told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 'We have 540 vines and they have been stripped bare by these animals.'
The raccoon problem is well known in the area and although some residents take them on as pets, many consider the imported species pests.
Local authorities have now authorised a raccoon cull. Last year, a similar cull killed 3,471. There are an estimated 1m racoons in central Germany.
The animals were introduced by Nazi air force chief Hermann Goering in 1934 to 'enrich' Germany's fauna. With no natural predators their numbers have exploded.
The main winegrowing regions in west Germany including the Mosel, Rheingau, Saar and Pfalz areas are believed to be unaffected.
Perhaps we could interest the Germans in some good coon-hounds and shotguns?
In another frightening development, officals have discovered that the raccoons have a fairly advanced rocket program as well.
You only have to kill one of them. The rest will usually move on in search of safer foraging.
The mere mention of guns will cause mass hysteria in Germany.
Just put in more roads, that'll kill 'em off.
Guess they did not close the gate.
Ach du leiber!
I wonder if Goering was a drug addict in 1934 or did he start abusing morphine later.
Release the hounds......
They have become rather adept at getting around using the storm sewers where I live.
Lol, I think the press is funny. Whenever something bad happens they try their darndest to tie it in to Nazis and/or Republicans, somehow, someway. :-)
But in this case, the tie is VERY fitting.
I think he got started recovering from a wound in WWI.
Where's PETA when you need them?
Thank God for that.
Yes, it's fitting. And we can count on them not missing it. Like a puppy finding a bone in his box. Lol, I don't know, it just struck me as hilarious/ludicrous; they're so transparent. :-)
Heck they are just great big hassenfeffers (or rabit stew, whatever).
Baby diapers baited with toxic poo would trim their numbers. I've yet to find the raccoon that can resist making off with a tasty used diaper from an overturned trash can. I just wish they wouldn't leave what's left of their meal wrapper hanging in the tree over my front gate!
Shamelessly swiped from our FRiend martin.
"grapes are a favourite snack of the stripy-tailed rodent."
Raccoons are not rodents. Maybe they've got this animal confused with some other animal. Maybe it's a giant communist rat, descended from animals released by Joseph Stalin.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
To show the raccoon that it can be done.
Yeah, but who's going to volunteer to fit them with the diapers?
LOLOL... How did I ever miss that one?
One of my friends in high school adopted a raccoon. Pretty cool, but don't piss him off. Her dad used to feed the skunks that were tipping over the trash cans. Yes, we're weird : )
I wouldn't be amused if it was my vineyard being ravaged, though.
I thought they just voted him out.
Good catch on the rodent thing!
Our city is overrun with raccoons-We developed a control program here by dropping, by plane, thousands of packets filled with honey mixed with estrogen. It was a bi-weekly airborne assault of all the ravines of surrounding suburbs. The idea is that it disrupts racoons breeding cycles and results in fewer offspring every summer.
You don't need to bait them. Baby diapers are toxic by nature.
Wow, feeding skunks... Even I wouldn't do that, lol! :-)
Ahhhh... I think they're doing that with coyotes, too, aren't they?... Birth control for pests/dangerous animals... Good idea.
It was before that. He was shot during the Munich Beer Hall Putsch in November 1923 . He even went through re-hab in Sweden in about 1925. (He received a painful wound in the groin).
The landlord finally fixed the roof after a rain water started pouring in one day.
"As Odin is my witness, I thought racoons could fly."
Well - does it work?
German word for raccoon is "waschbar" which I think literally means "washing bear" (washes food)
Its a multi-year program- we'll have to see in the long run. It seems in my neighborhood, it's 2 skunks and 1 raccoon per house. Toronto is too liberal for a simple bounty on their heads, but that would be cheap, quick and effective.
Lots of rabid ones where I live. If you see one in daylight it is far safer to ensure the animal assumes room temperature than to risk any encounter.
>>If you see one in daylight it is far safer to ensure the animal assumes room temperature than to risk any encounter.
I saw one on my back porch a few weeks back. I opened the door and saw it under a lawn chair I had, looking up at me. I live on the third floor of an apartment house, and the woman on the 2nd floor has a cat; the cat was on the stairs leading up to my porch and meowing up at me as if to say "get this thing out of here!!" Scaredy-cat.
The raccoon went up onto a "half-roof" (the left side of the house extends a bit further than the right side, so this is what was covering that extension) and looked down at me,
shaking a bit (scared). No sign of rabies from what I could see. After a minute or so the raccoon seemed to relax, sensing I would do it no harm. I just looked up at it
calmly. Didn't pet it --didn't want to take a chance! Then the critter bounded over the side of the roof and probably jumped off safely from a low point (I couldn't see).
I mentioned this to a couple newsgroups and they said I did the right thing (in terms of not petting it). They said while it is true that some raccoons will come out in the late afternoon to "sun themselves" (and that's what time of day it was), you never know which ones are rabid and it's best to leave them alone--risk of rabies and who knows what else.
"I know no-think!"
Time for the Krauts to import some pythons. We have plenty in Florida to give them. All they have to do is come to the 'Glades and pick 'em up.