Farm Press Blog

Raccoons and cartoons an agriculture time bomb


Table of Contents:

  • The Rascal raccoon saga is a textbook case of allowing an invasive species in through the front door.

On farms, raccoon damage is increasing. “In some parts of the country, they invade cattle farms, where they feed on the same corn that gets fed to cows, and find safe spaces for reproduction in the tall grasses of grazing pastures … The animals damage crops across the food pyramid: corn, melons, strawberries, rice, soybeans, potatoes, oats, and more.”

Japan’s raccoon buyer’s remorse is not without precedent. Germany imported raccoons in the 1920s, hoping to feed the pelt market through a breeding program. The scheme backfired in 1934 — a few were released into the woods for hunting fodder and after only a few years of breeding, the hunters couldn’t keep up. As in Japan, raccoons are now permanent residents in Germany — over 1 million strong.

The Japanese raccoon saga is a textbook case of allowing an invasive species in through the front door — or maybe right through the television set.


Follow me on Twitter: @CBennett71

Email me:


Blog archive

One honey heist to rule them all

Agriculture and ecology clash over badger cull

Honey bees to rent? Demand will only grow

Wine fakes didn’t begin or end with Rudy Kurniawan

EPA using guns, body armor to enforce Clean Water Act?

Regulating ourselves to death

PETA blames genital size on chicken wings

Death on the farm a grim reality of agriculture

Water the commodity gold of 21st century?

Brad Kelley, the farm boy with 1 million acres

Discuss this Blog Entry 0

Post new comment
or register to use your Western Farm Press ID
What's Farm Press Blog?

The Farm Press Daily Blog

Connect With Us

Blog Archive
Continuing Education Courses
The purpose of this course is to give you a review of many aspects of spray drift – from...
Potassium nitrate has a positive effect in controlling plant pests and diseases when applied...
American agriculture exports 20 to 30 percent of its production annually. For specific...

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×