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Re: interesting visitor

Yes, a raccoon can inflict some serious injuries on a dog or a cat. But not usually, unless they are under attack..OR..protecting babies. One of our German Shepherds came up to the house early one morning bleeding all around his neck. We took him to the vet and they shaved his neck to find all the puncture marks....too many to count. Vet said it was a coon...and our young male dog (curious) most likely disturbed a mother's nest and she tore him UP. Stitches EVERYWHERE. So...be warned that a mother coon or one that is defending itself will most certainly do damage.

Jesse Rene' Bell
Claremore, OK
Zone 6

From: "Ray & Nora Edwards" <raynora.edwards@worldnet.att.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Subject: Re: [CHAT] interesting visitor
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 10:23:54 -0700

Another thought Kitty is your cat's. I had a blue healer and raccoons
tore 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.

----- 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.
> 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
> 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.
> 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
> manner available to them. If food is supplied to these cats, their
> 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
> to raccoons as scavengers is that they, too, are opportunistic feeders
> a fashion.
> When Donna refers to wildlife feeding on "natural food to hunt around
> 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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