‘Wild’ animals could teach us all a lesson

I have noticed that many people have pretty definite reactions when I say I feed a raccoon.
Until this raccoon came to my house, injured and starving, I did not know they had such a bad reputation. How could that be? It seemed to me that they are just cute and smart and harmless.
Hmm, that is before I heard lots of painful recitations of ruined corn patches and gardens and how resourceful folks have to be to protect their harvest.
Well, OK. I learned a good lesson, but there are extenuating circumstances.