A friend asked me to look at his roof, as he had some strange droppings in one of the valleys. After climbing up on the roof and investigating, I told him that he had a nice plot of land full of God’s beautiful creatures. Unfortunately, they are dumping on his roof and climbing down his chimney. As you can see from the photos, the raccoon(s) was climbing a flower trellis, making himself comfortable in one of the roof valleys, climbing up the chimney and then down the open chimney liner (if you look closely you can see the paw prints on the inside of the ceramic/clay liner.)
Obviously I told him to remove the trellis and install screened weathercaps on the chimney liners, but I couldn’t really tell him anything else about the habits of raccoons - Why were they up there? Do they have a good vertical leap? Might they be rabid? How much damage could they do to the roof surface?
I’d appreciate any input. (Can you believe the size of those piles?)