In this week of the stories of Trapper Vic, Animal Trapper we find him in a tight crawl space looking for something that MAY or MAY NOT be there at all!
I don’t normally work alone. I definitely prefer to work with someone. Not only because of the company on a long, hot day but also to have each others back when possibly wrangling with a raccoon in a crawl space. However, when I received a call from the office who had a dead animal in the attic job for me I didn’t think twice and accepted the job.
My first impression was what could this animal be? It is a beautiful home with virtually no entry points. Usually this tells me it is a dead rat. So I suit up, grab a flashlight, bleach, ammonia and a couple heavy duty trash bags and proceed into the attic. I wish someone would have told me that this crawl space was particularly tight.
I may have not obliged. I am 6′ and 2 bucks and some change in weight. Oh well, I’m here now and sweating all over this attic. I don’t see any hairs or droppings. The smell is very faint as well. So I spend a total of 45 minutes in this attic with no luck. I get back in the house and the customer tells me “I can’t understand why you can’t smell it.” She thinks that since I’ve been doing this for so long I’ve lost my sense of smell or something like that. I figure if she thinks an animal is dead up there, there has to be an entry point. I go into the crawl space which by the way is the cleanest crawl space I’ve ever been in and there’s nothing.
I decided to grab the ladder and hit the roof and right when I get up there I see 2 cats completely torn apart. I have no clue what could’ve done this. My only thought is a giant bird. I’ve seen coyote leftovers and they never have any meat on them, plus it’s on the roof. One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. This roof is 2 stories too which lead me to believe that they were in fact victim of a large bird. I still don’t know. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them…