Last weekend, while out mowing the lawn one last time, some clear signs indicated that Rocky Raccoon (or maybe Andy Armadillo) had returned, or perhaps never even left the back yard. First, there were small holes where the critter had been digging and foraging. There was also a new tunnel with two openings not far [...]

Last weekend, while out mowing the lawn one last time, some clear signs indicated that Rocky Raccoon (or maybe Andy Armadillo) had returned, or perhaps never even left the back yard.
First, there were small holes where the critter had been digging and foraging. There was also a new tunnel with two openings not far from the holes I had plugged up earlier in the summer after discovering a raccoon in our backyard.
On Monday morning, I called the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and was told me that I needed to call the Pratt Police Department about possibly trapping the critter. Alternatively, I could trap the animal myself but was advised that it is illegal to shoot a gun off within the city limits. I didn't intend to do that.
So, I called the PD and the dispatcher soon located Animal Control Officer Kris Dover, who has been on the job for 3 years.
After visiting with Kris about what I suspected (a raccoon), I gave him permission to enter my backyard and set a trap somewhere on the east side of the garage in the vicinity of the tunnels. Kris advised me he would do this, commenting, 'I don't have any bait. I just throw some dog food in there.'
Kris didn't make it to our house until around 6 p.m. 'It was one dog call after another today,' he told me when we met outside.
He had brought a trap with him, as well as some dog food for bait, and he had soon set the baited trap.
I asked him what he would do if a critter is caught. He said he would release it somewhere outside of town.
'I don't believe in killing animals if you don't have to,' he said.
It took two days before the suspect was apprehended. And it wasn't a raccoon or an armadillo but rather an opossum.
I called Kris earlier this morning with the good news.
'You want to keep the trap?' he asked.
I decided to, just in case our main suspect has some accomplices.