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Re: interesting visitor

I would, just set it off at some distance from the house. But like I
said, Jesse's the real expert at such things. I'm just a big softie when
it comes to critters (except for black widows, brown recluses,
mosquitoes and copperheads).

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sun, 13 Jul 2003 11:00:23 -0500

>There's no question about your feelings, but I'd like to ask the others
>about not skunks, but raccoons.  I frequently put out a bowl of cat food for
>a stray cat when he comes by, but he never eats it all.  So, when he's done
>it's still there in the FL room, which I can see from my tv chair, or
>sometimes it's on the carpet just inside the sliding door which I keep open
>til I go to bed.  Occasionally a raccoon will come and polish it off, but I
>yell at them when they try to come inthe house and they leave, although not
>happily.  If they come back several times, within minutes, I shut the door.
>I have also put a bowl on the front porch a few times when the cat was out
>Last night, a small raccoon came by the FL room but there was no bowl and I
>told him he couldn't come in.  A bit later I noticed my cat watching
>intently out the front window.  Wehn I went to the front door, there were
>mom and 3 little babies, they left the porch with dashed hopes of finding a
>meal.  I watched as they lumbered off across the street.
>I no longer feed birds except in the one expensive bird feeder that closes
>when weight hits the perch.  The raccoons destroyed all other feeders.  The
>plants beneath the remaining feeder have been smashed.  I don't like to
>encourage racoons in my yard because of the damage they do.  However, I
>don't begrudge any animal a meal and I feel badly for their plight.
>Watching that mama and babies leave with no luck last night was a sad sight.
>I'm thinking about getting a bag of cheap stuff for them, but fear I'll
>regret the results.
>So what do you all think?  Should I feed the raccoon family?
>----- Original Message -----
>From: <Zemuly@aol.com>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2003 9:55 AM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] interesting visitor
>> I have about six skunks who regularly eat my cat food on the front porch,
>> along with assorted raccoons and possums.  They are all so accustomed to
>> that when my grandchildren visit they are able to open my front door and
>> the zoo through the storm door.  Keeps them well entertained.  There is
>> little skunk who eats the cat food in the back yard.  We call him
>"Skippy." If
>> he sees me coming he "hides" behind an azalea until I've gone.
>> zem
>> zone 7
>> West TN
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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