Hi blog friends! I have lived in this house for the last 37 years. I have lived in the woods that long!!! I have gotten use to seeing every kind of wildlife (except bears) there is. We have a screened back porch were we use to keep birdseed. For years that was fine. Then there were holes showing up in the screen!! Then we could tell that something had been trying to open the big garbage can to get to the birdseed. It turned out to be possums. A few years went by that way. They didn't get in the garbage can at first but persistence and then they did!! We bought a shed to house the birdseed and the garden tiller. The holes kept coming in the screen. We found out then,, it was coons. The coons made a mess looking for food!! We talked about it a lot. We decided that this was the way it was going to be period!!! What to do about it?? Feed the animals out the back gate was our solution. It first it was table scraps, then cooking for them, and now and for the last 25 years it has been buying dog food at Wal-mart, 40lbs of dog food!! It has been a eye opening experience!! Coons are not mean unless you try to touch them!! They will not attack you!!! Possums are not mean. Coons are entelligent animals. they learn their name and will come when called.
Meet Johnny! He is the son of Abby. He has a sister. Her name is Issy.
Johnny (in the middle) is trying already to be the boss of everybody!!! He is real friendly with me b/c he knows where the food comes from!!!
In years passed I have been able to doctor their bo bo's and have kept many alive when they would have died without my help!! Like dogs they know you have helped them!!
If you see a coon or possum remeber they are not bad animals!!!! They will not hurt you unless they have rabies. In 37 years I haev only seen one possum that had rabies, no other animal has been sick with rabies!!!!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know some wild animals a little better!!!
Love coming your way, Bambi, coons & Fern