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Roadkill: Raccoon Or Skunk?

Danielle Sauve, 15, of Duluth, Minn., stops to take a photo of a dead raccoon near the intersection of Howard Gnesen Road and South Road in Duluth on Thursday. The raccoon received a fresh coat of paint from a highway painting crew. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Clint Austin)

DFO: If I still published APhoto of the Day cutline contest, this would be a good subject.

Parting Shot — 5.12.11

A racoon tries to escape the floodwaters of the Yazoo River, near Yazoo City, Miss., Thursday. Thousands of acres of corn, wheat, soybean and cotton crops are now underwater as the tributaries are backing up from flooding along the Mississippi River. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Hucks: Monster Theories Squished

Last Monday began with a mystery on Strahorn Road near Lacey, a section that begins an uphill climb. Where a female driver reported that she saw something that looked like a monkey dead on the road. Later, an officer of some sort reported from the scene to the 911 dispatch center that he’d removed the strange animal. I posted all of this, of course, on my Huckleberries Online Scanner Traffic. One of my blog commenters, tongue firmly cheeked, suggested that the creature could be the chupcabra – a legendary animal that preys on goats and other livestock/DFO, Huckleberries print, SR. More here.

Question: When did you last hit an animal on the road?

High Noon: That’s Some Kitty Cat

Jamie Lynn Morgan, social networker extraordinaire, had one of those Only In North Idaho moments while sitting on her porch this week. Seems a raccoon emerged from the trees. Only her husband, Tom, thought it was one of neighborhood cats, Jamie noted via Twitter. More from Jamie’s tweet: “Tom knows the difference. Just surprised to see it come out of the trees in front of the house. here I am doing the whole ‘here kitty kitty.’ Turns out to be a crazy $#* raccoon.”

Question: When did you last have an urban encounter with one of the critters of our forest?

Road Kill Raccoon

OK, I asked my Facebook friends whether I should publish this superb roadkill shot by online buddy Robin Loznak of Roseburg, Ore. (and formerly w/the Great Falls, Tribune). They gave me the go-ahead and new Facebook friend Loznak posts that he has more dead animal shots. Here’s his cutline for the foto above: A dead raccoon sprawls on the center stripe of Highway 138 near Sutherlin, Ore. on Wednesday, May 18, 2010.  Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People Newspaper, has estimated that the following animals are being killed by motor vehicles in the United States annually: 41 million squirrels, 26 million cats, 22 million rats, 19 million opossums, 15 million raccoons, 6 million dogs, and 350,000 deer.” (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak/

DFO: Only 2 responded to today’s raccoon cutline contest. But this raccoon got more attention. So I’m posting it in the usual spot for cutline winners at the end of the day.

APhoto Of The Day — 5.19.10

A raccoon peers out from his home in a hole in a tree in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Vaughn Ward dares to peek out of his hiding place, hoping the tempest has blown over — Cabbage Boy.
  • 2. The before picture. It’s just sad — JeanieS.
  • 3. The cutline contest has a rocky racoon day — JohnA.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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