For several days we have been dealing with an infestation of raccoons. The pests have torn down a great deal of our corn, grabbing the unripe ears and eating them partially, throwing the rest to the ground. We have one very useless dog who has mostly stood by and watched. Last night we finally caught an adult female (they call them sows, which I find strangely offensive) in the live trap, and this morning my stepson shot her and threw her over the fence. Sounds rough, I know; but farm life is hard. We still have three rows of corn that haven’t been touched much, and about half of the three rows that were hit hard by the ‘coons. We are hoping the worst is over, but the trap stays.