Skip to comments.Man, 88, accused of setting raccoon on fire for eating his mangos
Posted on 08/20/2018 7:05:14 AM PDT by Gamecock
PALM BAY, Fla. - An 88-year-old man posted a $2,000 bond and walked out of the Brevard County Jail on Friday, after being accused of burning a raccoon he had trapped.
His first time in jail, Ezra James said he feared the raccoon would bite him and give him rabies. He said he also planned to kill the raccoon for eating mangos in his yard.
"I throw some gasoline on him and I light a match," James said.
Moments later, as the raccoon burned alive, a neighbor called 911, James said.
James called that neighbor a "wicked woman."
"My business is my business. I don't take my business to strangers," said James. He also said he wouldn't apologize to some disturbed neighbors.
James said he did not know authorities would have humanely euthanized the raccoon.
Palm Bay police said an officer had to shoot the raccoon to put it out of its misery.
James will have some explaining to do to neighbors who thought he was a nice guy.
"Maybe the man is losing it to do something like that," Ana DeJesus said.
"I can't stand what people do to animals anymore. They need to live too," Nancy Gill said.
James rode a taxi home Friday from the county jail. His next court date is not scheduled yet.
Well mangoes do have some, ummm, special powers.
He needs more land.
Raccoons are nuisance animals and there’s no bag limit on them in Florida. I’m not advocating for his methods, but he could just take them out with a .22 to keep them out of his garden.
His brain is working well enough to be concerned about rabies from the coon, but sounds like he may be slipping mentally.
He doesn't look amused.
Nosy neighbors are a mixed blessing.
She probably spends most of the day peeping through her dusty lace curtains.
That seems rather harsh. Ma didn’t even swat Clyde for eating all her goddamn Oreos.
But I'd also advise him to drop the live trap, racoon and all, into a tank of water since water is cheaper than gasoline and the live trap is less likely to be damaged.
Alternately, if the pesky neighbor is going to be such a nuisance, get one of those black construction clean-up quality garbage bags, wrap the live trap in that and leave it out in the sun. Then, get up before daylight and drop the racoon in the neighbor's driveway.
A*hole. There’s a better and more humane way to eliminate raccoons; we’ve used it. Or trap the sucker and move it elsewhere — far, far away. (Supposedly, they find their way back as long as they don’t have to cross water.)
I’ve got an acquaintance that is a vegan and pretty much sold out to PETA. He raises chickens and won’t even eat the eggs.
However, He had a problem with Raccoon’s gettting his hens. Now, He puts out traps to catch the raccoons. When he catches one, he throws the trap, with the raccoon in it, in his pond until the bubbles stop. He sees raccoons as the devil incarnate, so he has no problem offing the things that way.
Apparently we all have our limits. :D
That’s just plain animal cruelty even on a nuisance animal. The punishment should fit the crime so have the bailiff squirt some charcoal fluid on his bare crotch then light it while his hands are handcuffed behind his back. Let burn for 5 minutes or until it goes out, whichever comes first, then cart him to the OR to have his burnt genitals cut off. Give him a tube of Neosporin and send him home.
It's all about a devastating disease.
The guy sure isn't a criminal and in my judgement, didn't do a damn thing wrong.
“I can’t stand what people do to animals anymore. They need to live too,” Nancy Gill said.
I really hate busybodies. A friend of mine on Mercer Island (Near seattle) needed to get rid of some trees, except the city won’t allow you to cut down your trees. So he did what everybody there does. He killed the trees he wanted to cut down (”spiked” them) and then, when they were obviously dead, he went to cut them down. The neighbor lady came out and said that if he cut them down she was calling the police. He had to explain to her that dead trees are a danger.
This is why I now live in rural KY.
They are persistent, intelligent, and voracious. People think they’re cute, but they’ve never had to engineer a garbage bin security solution that was raccoon-proof.
While rocking in her chair....squeek....squeek...squeek....
Ive trapped and dispatched many coons. Apparently this old feller hasnt heard of the three Ss
He has nothing better to do than feed dirty birds and step in their effluence and/or clean their coop?
Does he feed his chickens meat?
Haven’t heard about this level of leftist dedication before.
That’s messed up. A .22 or a tarp and a hose to car/mower exhaust is more humane.
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