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Re: Skunks/raccoons

Not Jesse...me again:-)


Yes, Yes,Yes and you have to make up your own mind.  I don't believe
there is a black and white right or wrong here.  Each person has to
decide if they want the responsibility of feeding wildlife and be
prepared to take that responsibility seriously, IMO.  Just like you
have to decide if you want the responsibility of a cat or dog. 
Animals is animals:-)  However, with raccoons, if there is a food
source at your place and they know it, they will keep you on their
list of food possibilities and keep returning.  Either feed them or
make sure there's nothing at all that they might want to eat:-)

They work out a "list" of places they have found food and just make
the rounds each night until any one spot comes up empty enough to
make it not worth their while to go there.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Skunks/raccoons
> Date: Monday, July 14, 2003 12:02 AM
> So, Jessee,
> >...Raccoons are scavengers and junk-food junkies....
> You're saying they have no particular diet they should stick to?
> > ... As a licensed rehaber I can
> > tell you that a momma and her babies will find food..even if it's
> You're saying they won't starve if I refuse to feed them?
> >...So, I will tell you that if you feed them,
> > be prepared to have them hang around for awhile....
> You're saying that it's ok to feed them, but I'll suffer the
> Is feeding them the wrong or right thing to do?
> Kitty
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