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Re: interesting visitor


Nora,
I can see it now.  Instead of nuts & bolts falling out of the Vette, 
yours was dropping Kibbles & Bits!

Thanks for your concern.  My cats do steer clear of the raccoons.

Kitty



----- Original Message -----
From: Ray & Nora Edwards <raynora.edwards@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Monday, July 14, 2003 12:23 pm
Subject: Re: [CHAT] interesting visitor

>     Another thought Kitty is your cat's. I had a blue healer and 
> raccoonstore  her up. The vet said they can be quite vicious . I 
> thought it might
> have been a badger and he said your dog would be dead if it were . 
> I stopped
> feeding my dogs in the garage after field mice made a home in my 
> Vet. they
> took the dry dog food and stored it in the dry wall behind the 
> engine. I had
> dog food falling out in the passenger area for a year .
>    I would think a mother raccoon would be very protective.
> 
> Nora
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2003 11:15 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] interesting visitor
> 
> 
> > Thus far (and I clearly want to hear all pros and cons from 
> everyone), I
> > appreciate the safety factor mentioned by Daryl.  It can be very 
> scary.But
> > I don't know how right it is to pass judgement across the board 
> on all
> > wildlife because of the fear of such danger.  Is the percentage 
> of rabies
> > incidence in raccoons really high?  And I do worry for my cats, 
> although> they are all smart enough to steer clear of raccoons.
> >
> > Pam mentioned feeding from a distance, but that's not particularly
> plausible
> > as I don't have a lot of space here - unless you meant distance 
> like not
> > directly outside my patio door :)
> >
> > Donna makes a good point about the detriment of creating 
> dependency, but
> > then, perhaps we shouldn't feed birds either for that reason.  
> But in the
> > case of raccoons, (correct me if I'm wrong) I believe they are 
> scavengers> more than hunters.  They make the rounds of places 
> they have found luck in
> > the past and check for new places. If no luck at a previously 
> positve> location they move on hopefully to the next place on 
> their list.
> Dependency
> > would be created if fed daily, but how about 3 times a week?
> >
> > I've read alot about feral cat colonies and cats are considered
> > "opportunistic feeders".  This means they dine in the easiest, most
> pleasant
> > manner available to them.  If food is supplied to these cats, their
> hunting
> > of birds is reduced because the supplied cat food is a whole lot 
> easier.> Yes, they still hunt some, but not nearly as much.  My 
> thoughts when I
> refer
> > to raccoons as scavengers is that they, too, are opportunistic 
> feedersafter
> > a fashion.
> >
> > When Donna refers to wildlife feeding on "natural food to hunt 
> aroundthem",
> > I agree that that's the best route.  But their natural habitat 
> has been so
> > squeezed by overdevelopment by man that their may not be a lot 
> of "natural
> > food to hunt around them".  So would putting out a bowl a few 
> times a week
> > hinder the natural instincts of a scavenger?
> >
> > I'm still undecided, would like to hear more from you.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2003 12:19 PM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] interesting visitor
> >
> >
> > > I am not cold hearted, but most times make wildlife be just 
> that-
> > > wildlife. I only add supplemental food when extreme conditions 
> prevail.> > You are really hurting the animals if they have to 
> depend on you to eat.
> > > I am sure you are very faithful in feeding them, but what 
> happens when
> > > you go on vacation, or get ill for a week, or?? ... You have 
> trained> > them to rely on you, not find natural food to hunt 
> around them.
> > >
> > > Having said that, I grow things for the wildlife around here. 
> Even if I
> > > am not around, it is there for them. Doubt I would get more 
> wildlife if
> > > I put out food daily.
> > >
> > > In winter when we have massive storms and there is nothing 
> they can get
> > > too... then I put out some treats. They always seem to find 
> it, even tho
> > > it is not there on a regular bases.
> > >
> > > I apply this theory to all wildlife... from raccoons to birds to
> > > anything that wanders in here.
> > >
> > > Donna
> > >
> > > >
> > > > So what do you all think?  Should I feed the raccoon family?
> > > >
> > > > Kitty
> > >
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