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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, December 29, 1977, Image 16

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II-SIX THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., DECEMBER 29, 1977 A Sad Story It was with tremendous shock that I opened the chicken coop at home in Noyac the other day to find, where two chickens were supposed to be, two piles of feathers. There could only be one conclusion: what the feathers had feathered had been devoured. And these were no ordinary chickens but Aracunas, a type native to Chile which lays colored eggs — yellow, red, blue, green — eatable Easter eggs, supposed to be extremely low in cholesterol, too. There was nothing more to do than await the return of the chicken-killer: a fox, a fowl-frenzied dog perhaps. “If it’s a fox he’ll be back when he’s hungry, if it’s a dog he’ll be back tonight — a dog will not be able to control himself,” said my friend Hugh, over wine, that night. Cry For Help Minutes later came a chicken version of a cry for help. We ran out, raced for the coop, flung open the door to a chicken wobbling in apparent pain, squawking woefully. The other chick­ ens sat on their perch, frozen, fright­ ened, waiting for their turns. And there was the perpetrator: a raccoon, actually two raccoons, I real­ ized, seeing a tail drooping out of a chicken nest. Either a chicken had given birth to a Daniel Boone hat or a raccoon was doing a lousy job hiding. I tried to capture the raccoons. I figured I would leave them off where they couldn’t get back to the chicken coop. Shelter Island, I thought. “But everybody must bring their raccoons to Shelter Island,” said Hugh. On A Rafter I tried dropping a wooden milk box over one raccoon, after getting him to the floor of the chicken coop by poking him with a broom handle. But as I was to transfer him to a cage he eased out from under the box, up to the coop ceiling, hanging desperately on a rafter. I tried a fishing net, a trout net, the broom handle, all three together, I pushed and tugged yet this raccoon wouldn’t fall to the floor this time into the milk box trap. Instead I fell to the chicken coop floor, exhausted, assum­ ing I was having a coronary. Imagine, I thought, being fatally injured in an altercation with a raccoon. I got my breath back, sufficiently to leave the coop to fetch a length of two-by-four which would handle this killer of my chickens who lay techni­ color eggs. But there was a great deal of discussion, particularly among the women at the coop, about whether a raccoon’s life was any less dear than a chicken’s. Hugh also mentioned that raccoons taste good. Meanwhile, in a lightning move, the raccoons managed to escape. Said Hugh: “They’ll think twice about coming back. You upset them.” I’d hope so. Karl Grossman SPRINGS FIRE DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Springs Fire District will hold its Annual Organizational Meeting on Wednesday, January 4, 1978 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springs Firehouse, Ft. Pond. Blvd., Springs. The regular monthly commissioners meeting for January will also be held on this date — immediately following the Organizational Meeting. Thereafter, regular monthly meet­ ings of the Board of Fire Commis­ sioners of the Springs Fire District will be held on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Springs Firehouse, Ft. Pond Blvd., Springs. Meetings are open to the public. Audrey F. Peters Secretary for Board of Fire Commissioners Richard B. Herrlin Chairman December 12, 1977 16-2

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