In nightly invasions of my deck, an animal gets into my squirrel-proof bird feeder, scatters seed, pulls down my suet cage, takes the suet, digs in my flower pots, destroys the flowers, and lastly defecates on my deck. I'm sending a photo. Please advise!
The scat photo suggests raccoon scat, though it could be opossum. Scat may change drastically depending on what the animal eats. Raccoons will repeatedly use the same site. They are extremely strong and can pull open even tightly wired suet cages. Hot pepper suet should stop the suet thefts. For more about raccoon biology, habits and controls, see icwdm.org/handbook/carnivor/Raccoons.asp. Or call the Maryland Department of Natural Resources wildlife hotline at 877-463-6497.