Some people dream of retiring in peaceful, quiet places. But for James Blackwood, retirement was also a time when he was busy with new friends – the raccoon.
James previously served with the Royal Canadian police force. After he retired, he lived in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and often filmed live videos on his Youtube channel.
James started posting videos online in 2011, but since 2018, he has posted it daily. In the video, viewers can see him feeding the bears everything, from peanut butter sandwiches to snowflake ice cream.
He started making friends with raccoons in 1999. At that time, he and his wife took care of a raccoon that was hit by a car near their house. After taking care of and releasing the bear to the wild, it continues to return with the cubs. After that, more and more cats and cats came to the home of the couple James.
In 2003, James’s wife passed away. She told him to continue taking care of the raccoons after she died.
For 21 years, they kept coming back to James. And as the social network grew, he started posting videos on the internet. One of the videos that went viral recently with 6.8 million views was his image of feeding the bears with sausages. His Youtube channel currently has 233,000 subscribers, with many million views.
According to James, the raccoons often live in the woods around his house and show up at his doorstep once a day. As many as 30 raccoons appear in the video where he feeds them hot dogs. But these “meals” sometimes attract both foxes and black bears.
However, experts warn against feeding wild animals as it can either cause a dependence on a readily available food source or that these bears can transmit disease to humans. Most bears in Nova Scotia carry a type of intestinal parasite called “panda roundworm” and can be passed on to pets as well as humans.
The Nova Scotia authorities warn against feeding animals, especially if you live in a locally developed area. The Provincial Department of Land and Forestry has issued guidelines for exposure to local wildlife.
“We are excited to share our environment with the myriad wildlife. However, attracting wildlife into densely populated and developed areas has the potential to cause a wide range of problems for the animals and for ourselves, neighbors and pets, ”the instruction wrote. .
“The best care we can provide wildlife to ensure their health and continued survival is to maintain the best quality habitats and healthy ecosystems possible and keep wild animals… wild ”.