Take a look at this guy. Does he seem remorseful?
I don't think so, either.
But he should be. Yeah, I know, coons gotta eat, too, and who can resist tasty fruit ripe for the pickin'? And I don't begrudge the wildlife that call this place "home" fruit that has fallen on the ground. Too bad they don't know it, or if they do, they don't care. They see a peach, apple, or pear tree and think
The bold ones climb right up in the trees and feast during the daytime. Sometimes, I wish that I were as bold when I want to go after something, so I do have to admire their spunk.
Many years raccoons have stripped a peach tree before we could get the first peach. This year, Jim put a temporary fence all around the tree that was ready, and it seemed to help keep the raccoons away.
Now, that's a whole new story. What bugs me about birds is that they can't be satisfied to eat one peach...oh, no! The Method to Their Madness is to peck at one, then another, then another, ruining multiple peaches or apples or whatever is ripe at the time when they could have had more than their fill if they would have stayed focused on one.
But what's a gal with an orchard to do? Where's Elmer Fudd when I need him?
Marcheta *oooh, them Wascaly Waccoons :(