The sun had already gone down by the time I got to the end of the peninsular this evening. It was still light, of course, and would be for at least another hour, but the posted hours are sunrise to sunset. I try not to linger too long, especially since I don’t know if they check to see if everyone is off the peninsular before they lock up, and I’d rather not find out the hard way. I had made the turn and was heading back when I noticed brown lumps moving through the brush ahead. Whoa! That’s something new.
Three raccoons, one large, two small, were making their way toward the water. When the larger one spotted me, it ran off. The two smaller ones scampered off behind, but they didn’t go far. I was able to capture a few photos. The one photo I got of the bigger raccoon is blurry.
The Wild Texas website says adult raccoons measure 20-30 inches in length, and can weigh up to 35 pounds. Our adult raccoon was rather skinny, not like the ones you find at state parks that typically raid human food. Raccoons are omnivores, meaning they eat just about everything–crayfish, crabs, oysters, mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, nuts, and fruit, not to mention human food. Adult raccoons have few natural enemies. Unfortunately, the juveniles are prey to owl, wolf, coyote and bobcat. Fortunately for our guys, as far as I can tell, there are no predators on the peninsular, except maybe owls. (I think that is why there is such a huge rabbit population, too, because there are no predators.)
All in all, an exciting find this evening.