When you keep livestock you expect to lose a small amount of feed to wildlife. We store our goose ration in an open barn, and the wildlife tax has occasionally been collected by some animal chewing the corner off the feed bag. More recently, we noticed that the holes were becoming larger and feed was spilling out. To reduce our losses, we bought a heavy plastic tub for grain storage. Problem solved.
Suddenly our “solved problem” started eating holes in the lid of the grain storage bin. Somehow this mystery animal was able to shred big chunks of plastic like it was no big deal. We started wondering if it was a raccoon.
Lee began trying to outwit the food bandit. He tried setting the food bin on a crate. The animal started flossing it’s teeth with the plastic and nonchalantly tossing the chunks about. Lee then added a scrap of plywood and metal roofing on top of the food bin. The problem was solved for sure!
We had been patting ourselves on our backs for outsmarting the grain robber until I went out to feed the geese today. As soon as I filled their feed pan and took a few steps away, the muscle bound lid-munching twerp made his appearance. The geese were unfazed.
I guess we aren’t going to avoid this livestock tax. The “problem” now thinks we are feeding him directly.