REMEMBER THE GREAT ROADRUNNER VS. THE COYOTE cartoons? You can still see them on YouTube. I’m presently embroiled in my own roadrunner vs. coyote competition with the raccoon who keeps climbing up and eating all the seed out of my bird feeder. I suspect that, in this contest, I am the coyote. I put an upside-down plastic planter on the pole as a baffle (I should paint ‘Acme’ on it) which has kept the squirrels away but doesn’t stop the wily raccoon. My next trick will be draping something over the feeder at the top of the pole and tying it down at the end of the day (assuming that I can remember to do it) to see if that perplexes the raccoon sufficiently to put a stop to his nightly raids. I know that they are intelligent creatures with great manual dexterity in their front paws, but I AM A HUMAN BEING, MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE. Or, I am the ever feisty but inadequate coyote, always giving chase, never catching.