Bandit morning #2, I set out to get the raccoons out of the tree rather than let them suffer through another hot, dry day being trapped in the branches. So, after getting all the dogs inside (again), I brought out my arsenal. Tried a pellet pistol - went "pfft" and dropped the yellow BBs at my feet. Tried a pail of rocks - both hand-pelting and using a sling-shot. Managed to fling a few rocks through the leaves near them, but obviously I need to work on my "David" skills before Goliath ever comes calling. Then, I pulled the truck around again, set up the step ladder in the bed and used an extend-a-reach tree saw handle to try to reach the raccoons. After several attempts at shaking the branches, getting the handle stuck in the tree and having it come apart on me, I finally rattled their world enough to scare the mom out of the tree and she ran off. Then I went back to the water hose and sprayer. Got the babies to move around - especially now that they didn't have their momma to cling to - but they continued to move higher in the branches instead of coming down. So I packed up my "tools" knowing I had done what I could - short of shooting them out of the tree w/ real guns.