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Re: Skunks/raccoons

No, they won't starve. They are survivors. No, they are not real picky about their diet. And yes, if you feed them be prepared to have them hang around. We had two when I was a child...and they hung out in the barn. They burrowed into the hay to sleep. But they are very, very smart. They remember where you store food. Those two coons would work together to get in our house. One would jump on the screen door and start swinging back and forth really hard until it budged open, the other one would run inside. The first one jumped off the screen and the other coon pushed the door open for him. They found the marshmallows my mother had in the bottom drawer of the kitchen and climbed up on the sink and started "washing" them in the sink water. Well, the marshmallows dissolved all over them and they made a mess all over themselves trying to get it off. What a mess to clean up!! They have a BIG sweet tooth. If you really wanna see something funny, take your empty peanut butter jar outside (don't clean out what's left in it) and lay it on the ground. They'll stick their head in there to lick it off and get it stuck on their head....wandering around chattering till another coon pulls it off. I find them funny....and very amusing to watch. But after they are a certain age...they stay OUTSIDE because they are very, very destructive!!! Our coon grew up with the dogs and when we let her out...she runs over to hug on my Jack Russell...they grew up as babies together. I have pictures of them rolling on the floor fighting over a toy. They don't fight fair either....my little dog was sweet to her..and she played dirty to get her way.

Jesse Rene' Bell
Claremore, OK
Zone 6

From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Skunks/raccoons
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2003 23:02:14 -0500

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 bugs....
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 consequences?

Is feeding them the wrong or right thing to do?


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