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Aug. 19th, 2002 | 12:23 am

This weekend I went off to the mountains with some friends of mine. I rather enjoyed the relaxed pace, though I do worry a bit of the results of eating too much rather rich food.

Some of the people we went with were desperatly trying to get the wildlife to be cute and perform for them. (Trying to bribe chipmunks with pancakes or cheese, for instance.)

I wasn't too certain of the wisdom of feeding creature human food. (Since it isn't all that good for us either.)

One of the rather amusing things though, when I returned back to my apartment this evening, I saw some animals pawing through a bag of cat food that was sitting outside. (I thought I'd throw it away as my cat didn't like it.)

On closer inspection it turned out to be four racoons. I had no idea that they'd managed to survive in an urban environment.

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the Edward

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from: thedward
date: Aug. 19th, 2002 07:49 am (UTC)
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As far as I can tell, raccoons think that cat food is the ultimate dining experience. My mom has a couple of raccoon families that she feeds, and no matter what she puts out, they always go for the cat food first if it is available.

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Nafees

dem 'coons

from: nogbogfrog
date: Aug. 19th, 2002 01:04 pm (UTC)
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It's been my experience that 'coons and possums survive under just about any condition. Specially urban. Scavengers they are.

Where did you go for the weekend? Did you pitch a tent and do the full campout bit? As for feeding the animals, remember:

"A fed chipmunk is a dead chipmunk"

-n

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 19th, 2002 10:51 pm (UTC)
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We went to a "cabin" in big bear. The 7 of us rented a 4 bedroom house.

With one of my friends cooking things not too far from gourmet food, it was really the opposite of camping.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Aug. 19th, 2002 02:49 pm (UTC)
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urbania is racoon heaven! it's skunk heaven too. a racoon regularly raids my neighbors' mini-pond (a dim memory of when it killed their goldfish, perhaps)/attacks their outdoor trash cans, and a skunk often forages in my garden.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 19th, 2002 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad that there are some complex life forms that can thrive in amongst the humans.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Aug. 20th, 2002 09:26 am (UTC)
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there happened to be a documentary on about them last night. their population has grown astronomically since early last century, and is now steady at a tremendously higher rate than it was 70 years ago.

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adrienne

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from: sapience
date: Aug. 19th, 2002 06:49 pm (UTC)
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On closer inspection it turned out to be four racoons. I had no idea that they'd managed to survive in an urban environment.

In Florida, the raccoons did so well that many grew to dog-size.

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