Well, I bought this place 8 years ago. I have almost 8 acres that my home is on. I live in a rural area and I have woods and a pond. One day about 8 years ago, I was sitting out back inside a screened in porch. Something moving caught my right eye and I turned my head to see what it was. It was 'Coonie' (before I named her), eating bird seed that I left on the ground for the birds. I stood up, went over to that side of the screen porch, and watched her. It was late evening but still daylight enough for me to see it was a raccoon. After I watched her for a couple of minutes, I said loudly in a baby type voice 'WHAT YA DOIN' and she ran away. The next evening, there she was again...and again, I said 'WHAT YA DOIN' but she did not run, she turned and looked at me, and stood very still. I said 'GO ON AND EAT, I'M NOT GONNA HURT YA'...and I went back and sat down, I could see her out of the corner of my eye, it was like she understood, she went back to eating the bird seed. Most every evening, I would see her, eating the bird seed, she came to realize, I was not going to hurt her and I did not care if she ate it. One day, I did not put the bird seed out, as the bird feeder was still rather full and I did not think about scattering some on the ground for her. As I was sitting there, that evening, I thought I heard a noise and looked over at the door, and there she was, standing up at the door, peering in. All I could see was her ears and eyes. Since she did not see the bird seed, she had actually came over to the door, and was more or less, telling me to put some bird seed out there for her.
I don't remember what I gave her, but I said 'WAIT A MINUTE COONIE' and I went in the house and grabbed a biscuit or something for her, opened the door, she backed up, and I tossed it out, she grabbed it, sat in the grass and ate it. From that day on, I called her Coonie and she made it a point to come to the back porch door, every evening for food.
One late evening, when she arrived, she had three little baby raccoons with her.
I made three tree stands after that. In other words, I made out of scrap wood, trays, and I put them in three trees. I put dry dog food in each one. They discovered them very quickly. To this day, ever evening, I go out and put dry dog food in each of the three tree stands.
I don't think Coonie is alive any more. She might be but I suspect she is not. However, I suppose her line of generations after her, are here. Some come up to me. Some will even knock on my door by bumping the door several times...they do this if there is no food as some times other raccoons eat the food and none is left...so there may be one or two that knock on my door. I will hand them something. Some times a slice of bread or marshmallows or cookies, or cornbread, etc. They eat anything and they LOVE SWEETS. They especially love marshmallows. I don't give them too many sweets, as I try and give them nourishing foods.