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There's a critter living in my yard!

Four times in the last 2 weeks there's been an animal in the yard when I let Riley out for his before bedtime potty. The first two times I heard it scramble and jump the fence when I turned the light on and opened the door.

The last 2 nights I heard it rustling around behind the bushes but it didn't run away. Of course Riley was very interested in it and I was scared to death. Luckily, he listened to me when I called him away and I put him on the leash.

So I went out there today to check out that area and didn't see any signs of an animal living there. I raked out the leaves and debris between the shrubs and the fence. I live in the suburbs and the only animals we have around here are raccoons, possums, bunnies and stray cats. But I can't figure why an animal would be there at that time of night and no other time.

How can I get this thing to go live elsewhere? There's no feeders or water around.

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I live in the suburbs and the only animals we have around here are raccoons, possums, bunnies and stray cats. But I can't figure why an animal would be there at that time of night and no other time.

How can I get this thing to go live elsewhere? There's no feeders or water around.
I know possums and raccoons are nocturnal. I think it's that time of year when they are looking where to spend the winter. Funny you mention this we were just talking about the sounds we hear at night when we take the dogs out for their last potty. I always take Tim out on a leash when it's dark there are just too many things out there that it would scare me if I couldn't see him. I don't have any advice about what to do, I know there are some types of rodent and deer repellent you can sprinkle if it seems to always be in the same place, I think most of them are organic.

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If it jumped the fence, I'd bet on it being a cat. Opossums move that fast, and I think a raccoon would hold it's ground against a small dog rather than run away. A rabbit would just freeze in place until you (or he) almost stepped on it.


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If it jumped the fence, I'd bet on it being a cat. Opossums move that fast, and I think a raccoon would hold it's ground against a small dog rather than run away. A rabbit would just freeze in place until you (or he) almost stepped on it.
I'm betting it's a cat too. We have one that comes into our yard at night and poops along the fence line where there's some loose dirt and mulch. I've never seen it but I've heard it jump the fence when we come out. It leaves a perfect little mound where it covered it's poop so I'm betting it's a cat. If anyone has an idea how I can make it pick someone else's yard, let me know. I've tried putting down pepper, vinegar and orange peels and just covering the area with pots and sticks, etc. but it just finds another spot. Frustrating!
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I was thinking cat too.
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I agree with everyone else - it’s probably a cat. Our neighbor has two black cats and they are always creeping around the house – teasing my dogs for a reaction IMO and they get one. One time my dogs found and chased a raccoon; he ran to nearest tree and just held on for dear life. All four dogs barking-overly excited. I had to carry Canela and Vino inside and drag the other 2 big dogs in too. I was scared the raccoon would retaliate and hurt them.

Even though our fence its about 7 feet tall deer still get in our yard; we come across deer, squirrels, possums and cottontail rabbits. We live in a city but next to a marsh so all these animals/wildlife is new to me (esp since I grew up in Chicago).

Another time my dogs almost scared a baby-rabbit to death. They chased him and the poor bunny ran and fell in the pool (on the steps-half of his body cover in water). Of course all four dogs were going crazy barking at him. They didn’t want to harm him but play. We think the rabbit was in shock since it didn’t move. Plus it was wet and probably freezing to death. We took in the rabbit overnight, fed him, kept warm and released him the next morning.

Anyways, every time I take my guys out to potty I turn on all the outside lights, take a quick look around and then release the dogs (LOL) but I’m usually loud so if anything is out there I give them a warning. It’s always an adventure going to potty.

You might want to consider using one of those air-horn to scare it away. Sorry not much help...

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I've got to tell you a funny rabbit story. We went on a 3 week vacation last year in our travel trailer. Of course, most of the time, outside the trailer, Kodi had to be on leash. But it was fall, and there were few campers in many of the campgrounds coming home. At one place, they had a HUGE grassy field at the back of the property, and we asked the owners if we could let Kodi have a run there. They agreed, so we were playing ball with him there, and he was doing zoomies… absolutely thrilled to have some free time.

He went zooming around the edge of the field and, literally, TRIPPED over a rabbit who must have been frozen in fear there in the grass. Both animals rolled in opposite directions, then the rabbit took off like a bat out of h--l into the tall, unmowed area beyond the field. Kodi stood up, looked at us, you could almost hear him say, "Did you SEE that!?!?! I almost CAUGHT it!!!" and then started rummaging around the edges unsuccessfully looking for it again. We had to go and get him and bring him back to the RV… he was CONVINCED that if he looked long enough, he'd find "his" rabbit again!


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Hilarious!! LMAO I can picture Kodi saying it too!! LMAO Cute story.

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I've got to tell you a funny rabbit story. We went on a 3 week vacation last year in our travel trailer. Of course, most of the time, outside the trailer, Kodi had to be on leash. But it was fall, and there were few campers in many of the campgrounds coming home. At one place, they had a HUGE grassy field at the back of the property, and we asked the owners if we could let Kodi have a run there. They agreed, so we were playing ball with him there, and he was doing zoomies… absolutely thrilled to have some free time.

He went zooming around the edge of the field and, literally, TRIPPED over a rabbit who must have been frozen in fear there in the grass. Both animals rolled in opposite directions, then the rabbit took off like a bat out of h--l into the tall, unmoved area beyond the field. Kodi stood up, looked at us, you could almost here him say, "Did you SEE that!?!?! I almost CAUGHT it!!!" and then started rummaging around the edges unsuccessfully looking for it again. We had to go and get him and bring him back to the RV… he was CONVINCED that if he looked long enough, he'd find "his" rabbit again!
That's to funny Karen
We have rabbits here as well. Big jack rabbits, not the cute ones, the long legged ugly ones (sorry for any of you who like them - they annoy the heck out of me!!!) And we have lots of cats too. We live in a senior community so there are many stray cats as well. Many lonely cat ladies have passed away and their cats remain. But these rabbits and cats are smart. They freeze long before Mikey ever spots them. It's the squirrels that Mikey LOVES to chase. Oh my gosh, even if they are way up on a telephone line, he'll run right beside them, probably hoping they'll fall off They never do (thank goodness) They're not smart enough to freeze. They yell a lot though. Squirrels are mean!!!

Anyway... because the cats and rabbits freeze all the time. Whenever we go for a walk around the neighborhood, he has to ... s l o w l y ... approach any yard ornament that resembles an animal to check and see if it's real or not. It's hilarious There are a lot of them. Deer, turtles, dog statues, etc. Needless to say, we don't walk the neighborhood to often, it takes to long. We walk the trail along the back.

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Thanks for your replies everyone. I'm scared it's a raccoon. Around here they're pretty fearless and aggressive. So, the leash shall be used when it's dark until further notice.

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