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Re: Skunks/raccoons

the marshmallow story is a good one.  I also know how they are about 
getting what they want.  They've totaled several of my birdfeeders to 
the point of my giving up. (except for the one expensive varmint proof 
feeder)  One I had to remove because I couldn't get any sleep at night 
as it was outside my bedroom window.  Ah, well, we all need to find a 
way to share this earth of ours.


----- Original Message -----
From: Jesse Bell <jesserenebell@hotmail.com>
Date: Monday, July 14, 2003 9:27 am
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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?
> >
> >Kitty
> >
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