One of the first posts I did on the blog was about the problem we had been experiencing with raccoons on our boat. The little devils would climb under the covers and get into the very rear compartment. Unlike a friend of mine whose boat was also targeted, ours was left in pristine condition - they didn't turn it into a party boat, which is really unpleasant.
We solved the difficulty with a new snap-down cover which stopped them dead as the snaps were too hard for their little fingers.
Now the basic problem with raccoons is that they look really cute. They are like a cross between a dog and a cat, and you'd think they would be fun, but they are very aggressive as anyone who has accosted one knows.
Last night returning from town in the dark, we saw a couple of them near our neighbors; they scurried off and we thought no more about it. That is until it was time to put the bins out for trash collection. The raccoons had been there first. They had turned over a bin and spread the contents all around - lovely! They left the "green" bin completely alone, of course. Note to self. Next time make sure the lid is well fitted down.