I have been spotted! She looks very familiar to me. Her coloring is a lot lighter than the usual raccoon and I am almost certain she is the same one who stopped by briefly last year, only this time she is a mum and is obviously feeding a litter.
Even though she knows I am only a short distance away, she is wary but determined to check out another feeder hanging at the opposite end of the deck.
The other feeder I have is squirrel proof and surprisingly, raccoon proof. She didn't make much of an effort to get it down like last year which had been no problem. She had grabbed it with her paw and just yanked it off by shaking the hanger along until it dropped off the beam. I did have it hanging off another hanger this time, which made it lower and probably a lot harder to reach.
After a while she gave up and backtracked, looking at me as she ambled along. I watched as she climbed down to practically eye-level and ran off the deck and down the steps. I closed the door after that as she was only a couple of feet away. Somehow I don't think a mesh screen for a hungry raccoon would be any effort to break through, and I have heard of these kind of home invasions before. The thought of chasing a raccoon around the house did not appeal, as much as I love them. I haven't seen her since but am hoping that she might bring her babies back sometime.
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