We knew very early on that we had a racoon living in our backyard. We saw him the first week we moved in and named him "Peety".
A few weeks later we heard some screetching and suspected that Peety had found a mate. Although we never saw both of them together, we named her "Patti". Almost every day and at least every week, I see Peety or Patti hanging out in our backyard...climbing down the tree around 5 or 6 in the evening or scouting around the edges of the yard for something to play with or eat. Although we don't feed them, we have accepted that they have been living on our lot longer than we have (their residence is the large 200+ year old oak tree in the middle of the backyard), and deserve to be left alone to live in peace.
Today, our suspicions that there were more than just Peety living in the tree were confirmed.
This morning we saw the newest addition to the Coon family: Munchkin...a baby Coon. He's so little! He was hanging out in the backyard with Patti when I was watering my flowers.
As long as they continue to stay out of the house, garage and garbage, the Coons and the Dawsons will continue to be able to live in peace.