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My boat is in a slip at Catfish Bay by the gas dock. I came out to check on it today and found this. I don't know why a bird would have done this. Cover is a must I guess..

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Raccoon?
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coon is my guess 
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Coon or rats.
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I have seen Buzzards do this. Had a friend on Lake Fork that Buzzards completely destroyed the seats in his boat.
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In-laws have a trash can in their boat under a seat cushion.
They left the boat in the water one night with trash in the can.
The next morning they found damage similar to what you've pictured on the cushion above the trash can.
They suspected it was a Coon', but with the trash in the can it's kind of understandable.

I guess in your case they were just smelling something in the vinyl and trying to get more of it.
Maybe they've learned to eat through vinyl cushions to get to trash cans underneath?

That's terrible, I'm sorry that happened, a cover might help, but it'd have to keep things from crawlin' in under.
Maybe Google Raccoon Repellent, seem like I've seen some at Tractor Supply, Atwoods, etc..
Maybe moth balls in a bowl or something? 


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Thanks for the advice and everyone's opinions. I am absolutely sick about this. I searched a long time to find the perfect boat for our family's recreation and my fishing. I have had it less than a year. O well time to renovate earlier than I wanted to. I have a hardware store and sell a product called Critter Ridder. Time to give it a try .
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Try a game camera then you will know for sure
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Had pack rats in my boat Found that a small plastic jar with holes and "very few" moth balls will deter most varmints. Don't overdo the moth balls. Yes a cover would be 1st step.
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Looks like a angry wife to me.
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Oh my!  Poor boat! I also guess it's a raccoon!
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Definitely a raccoon. It happened to me once. Good luck
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If you need someone local for the upholstery repairs you may wanna contact Picky Stitch Canvas.
They're located in Sherwood Shores, west side of lake off Hwy 377.
I don't have any personal experience with them but I've seen their signs.
There may be someone closer to Catfish Bay, but thought I'd mention it anyway.

Here's their website http://pickystitch.blogspot.com/

Contact info Ann Rosson 903-819-1107
 

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MYSTERY SOLVED: DDUBYA you are the winner. Went back down to slip to put cover on and opened door and there sat a four foot tall buzzard on my seat. There were about ten perched up on the top of the catfish bay gas dock roof railing looking at me...thanks DCURT but I think these are gonna have to be replaced I am afraid....
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We had them roosting in Cardinal Cove a few years ago. A few bottle rockets after they all got settled convinced them to move on...............

So I've heard?
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Who'd a thunk it....you thought it might have been birds initially.
Each Fall into Winter we see a large group of Buzzards sittin' / roostin' on the big overhead power line poles in Gainesville.
The ones where Hwy 82 goes up-n-over the RR Tracks.
They seem to setup shop and stay awhile, we'll see'em several weeks in a row.

Bird Control Propane Cannon...and Game Camera's...that's what'ya need....
Game Cameras are just to see the reaction folks the first time your Propane Cannon goes off. [biggrin] 



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I initially thought birds because it looks like random pecking. They also pecked off all the soft buttons on my dash. It is really worse than the pictures. At least I know what did it and learned from it. Hopefully no one else has this happen.. Talked with the park ranger and he had not seen any damage like that before down there. Recommended an owl. Hopefully they will leave soon...
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Glad you were able to find out what did the damage. Too bad they are protected.
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