Mike, I live on the edge of a beaver pond, which is the wildlife’s refuge. I suppose the guy before us, who built this house, should have built it closer to a city, or perhaps at the edge of a highway…but he didn’t, and we bought it from him.
So, we are in the racoons’ neighbourhood, not vice versa. And raccoons visit bird feeders.
I suppose you’re going to tell me next that I shouldn’t feed birds either. I know few people, even cityfolk, who don’t!
Next you’ll say that the entire planet is for humans and all the wildlife should be placed in zoos, or destroyed (especially the rabid ones). Why do so many people think that raccoons are all rabid? I haven’t seen a one in my entire life, and I’ve had many visit.
Maybe people should stay in cities, keep their doors locked, build high fences, have house alarms. Good luck with those wild humans though!
ok, ok, that said: I [I]know [/I]we shouldn’t feed raccoons for all the reasons you stated. But I do live in the wilderness. It’s crazy, but I love it. There are a modicum of people living here, mostly old hippies, farmers, and retired city folk. I call it a ‘neighbourhood’ because we stay in close contact with our neighbours, needfully so. It’s not really, officially, a by-the-book ‘neighbourhood’.
When people constantly encroach on wildlife territory, what are the animals to do but come to take our stuff? I don’t blame them - sympathize, really.
And I guess perhaps you didn’t notice, but I’m Canadian, a very peaceful one, who has lived more than 60 years now. I don’t take offense at you young folk, scrapping for a fight, intent on ‘scolding’. Many young 'uns have that bad habit.
There is still tons of wilderness up here, but sadly, we are fast encroaching on it too. Sadness.