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O Her continuing saga, or 'as the raccoon world turns' By NANCY GOULD Ma Coony, the mother raccoon featured in the July 8 Reporter who set up housekeeping for her new family in the James King chimney, either wanted to escape her newfound notoriety or is un- grateful for the hospitality. Pamela King told the Reporter Ma Coony and her brood aban- cloned their cozy nest inside the smokeshel/as well as the King's nightly sunset suppers a week after the saga appeared in the paper. Without so much as a fare- well, and without introducing her kits to the Kings, Ma Coony and Company disappeared, perhaps to mingle with "their own kind." But Just over the King's back fence in another unused chimney, at the SOl Israels, a different out- come for similar circumstances took place July 22. Blood-curdling shrieks resound- ed throughout the neighborhood, mmething akin to the death wails wounded dinosaur. Upon inves- ;ttgation, the noise was found to from another mother dangling from the lasso Bob Overly, wildlife control for the state game depart- Overly and mother raccoon having quite a confrontation an dier pab of kits on a dlEezem chinmey helf. h nd's hospitality might not benel them, as they're over-mulaplying. as he lifted her from the chimney, where her two newborn kits still chirped like baby birds. Once contained inside a wire cage, the mother growled, snapped and fixed a hostile glare upon her captor while Overly reached inside the fireplace to re- cover her two offsprings. The babes didn't have their eyes open yet, so Overly estimated they had been born within two weeks. July is unusually late for raccoons to whelp, the normal time being from March to May, he said. Reunited with her kits in the cage, the mother raccoon gath- ered one of them close to her, wrapping the small bundle into her fingerUke paws, while the other kit promptly fell asleep in the bright sunlight. Since raccoons are noc- turnal by nature, moving day had interrupted their sleeping time. Overly whisked the family off to the Whatcom County wilds, where it will have a greater chance to survive, he said. Mercer Island's raccoon popalation has grown so out of proportion to the habitat that raccoons invade the domestic world more and more. "Sometimes I'm called to re- move raccoons which have done a great deal of damage to homes in places like attics or roofs," he said. He estimates there are near- ly 5,000 to T,000 of the masked ban- dits here, many of whom are well- fed by residents thus creating healthier, more prolific stock. However, the ferocity which this latest mother raccoon displayed towards human intruders is a con- stant reminder to wildlife lovers that raccoons are NOT domestic. Despite their charm as they fina- gle food, raccoons transform into vicious protectors when chal- lenged by pets or humans. A little inbospitality and dis- Lance is often the best nostrum for peaceful coexistence, suggest wildlife experts. @ [VIOLENCE & LANGUAGE [ 111 11m Iz4e, 4ae,/ 0 10 i ,tm0,me,4m, me, ts of the A PAgWCD~r pnu~ OOOgOOOOOq in Come with us. to the . nmmmet Caltlm You don't hrm to be a nmmbw to enjoy Plus A LOT OF FUNI Includes: AIR TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SEA TAG AIRPORT ACCOMOOATIONS MEALS TRANSFERS TO AND FROM AIRPORT/SANTA ROSA FITNESS AND ACTIVITY PLAN 143 1mr g@oot 8outh Klrklamd, WA 9e033 I I MERCER ISLAND REPORTER, Wednesday, August 5, Page A5 The fa/r breeze b/me, the w /te foam Rew but instead of the Ancient Mariner's albatross a family of half-gro vn ducks paddled through this aggregation of suds Saturday morning on the west side of Lake Washington. But not to worry. When you see foam this time of year, or in the spring or in the fall, chances are It's Just a collection of dliatoms, microscopic shellfish, and they can't hurt you. they're dead. Rob Mortice, project coordinator for the Metro water-quality monitoring and analy- sis section, says when sunl ht pen WaLes the depths of the lake the diatoms "grow like crazy" from eating the proliferation of algae; at the l ak of the season they've gobbled up all available fuod and die, then Roar to the sudace. It's a harmless Y tural phenomenon. At least, the ducks seem unperturbed. (Photo by Peggy Reynolds) ceml.mmv, l'dcm Wlde Sete 0tea. Monday, August 17th 9:30 a.m. to 9".30 p.m. informal modeling all day Designer Dresses, Coats, Suits, Gowns, Sportswear, Outerwear and Accessories - All at Our Legendary Low Prices. Shopping at Loehmann's has always meant mwln a yortm on the Don't mira this un. klue opportun to our dec on oyFa Fmdbk)m -each priced at qf retail FOR INFORMATION CALL (206) (~111-7S96 DUTH BELLEVUE LOEHMANN'$ PLAZA AT THE INTEBSI~TION Of 1-90 AND I--40$ AT THE llCHARD'S ROAD EXIT (1011), FACIOIUA u It's early morning. A produce truck arrives at Uwajimaya Bellevue and is quickly unloaded. John Sakaguchi, produce manager, inspects his order. As he begins to arrange the crispy fresh fruits and vegetables, he is satisfied. Twenty-five years of experience has taught John what to buy and when to buy it. He is content because he knows that today at Uwajimaya you will again enjoy the finest produce available at very affordable prices. At Uwajimaya, this is a matter of pride. Examples: Uwalmlaya's bpet ~al i~ices: Washington Grown Large Red Haven Peaches $ .69/Ib. Bartlett Pears $ .49/Ib. Fancy Seedless Grapes Fancy Cucumbers Bean Sprouts Bok Choy Large Mushrooms $1.19/Ib. 2/$ .49/1b. $ .39/Ib. $ .39/Ib. $1.98/Ib. Special Prices Valid Through Sunday 24th & Bel-Red Road, 747-9012