We are excited to announce we have a new pet. Technically it doesn’t know it’s our pet, but we are providing food and water, so we figure that counts.

But first, some back story. For quite a few months, we’ve been battling local raccoons for dominance of our backyard. We have tried several techniques. We’ve tried to bring in any remaining cat food, which usually works — when we remember. However, we have found that when there is no cat food, the raccoons turn into little angry patrons and go crazy. They ravage the plants and dig through previously ignored trash as if sending a message. Kind of like nature’s version of the mob, I guess.

Winter Prosapio is a writer, working mom and Corporate Director of Communications and Government Relations for Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts.

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