This is 50/50 venting and need advice. For the last few weeks I have had what I suspected was a raccoon digging up a large portion of turf in my back yard around a tree stump. I confirmed last night that I have a pair of raccoons actively digging around the root system of this old tree in the pre-dawn hours and they have now turned over about 1/4 of my lawn in the back.
Short of trapping them (illegal in fairfax) and killing them (also illegal) what are my options? The best I can come up with is to lay down chicken wire over the torn turf and extend out along the root system of the tree but I'm afraid these assholes will see this as more of "challenge accepted" than a real deterrent.