For years I have been telling people that there are no raccoons on Ocracoke. I know they are numerous on Portsmouth Island (they can be a nuisance when they climb down chimneys in the historic structures and tear things up). But I have never seen a raccoon on Ocracoke.
A few days ago Gene Ballance sent me this photo of his porch:
(Click on the photo to view a larger image, and look in the center of the picture!)
I wrote to Gene. Is this a doctored photo? I wondered.
This is what Gene wrote back:
"Definitely a raccoon. We see them walking down the ditch at low tide here. Others have see them too. NPS has also caught some in their cat traps on Ocracoke, I hear."
So there you have it. We do have raccoons on Ocracoke.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about several early 20th century itinerants who traveled to Ocracoke, including the story of "Blackie of the North Woods ". You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022810.htm.