It definitely has it's advantages & disadvantages.
One advantage - we get to commune with nature, LOL. I always laugh when we go places like The Museum of Life & Science and they have the section where you can see things like, an owl, a deer, or a black snake, etc. We have all those things and more in our back yard at any given moment.
One disadvantage - we share our yard with all these critters and they seem to think what's ours is theirs as well. I know they might have been here first, but that doesn't mean they have the right to go through our trashcans and make such a mess!
We've been through at least 10 different trashcans because they've gnawed big holes in all of them. We had to search high & low and finally found some metal trashcans, at $25 each.
Just to find the main culprit, we set these (humane) traps. We had one small trap, and one larger one. So far, we've caught 6 squirrels, a raccoon, and a possum (all in one week).
We're done tracking the enemy and we've removed the traps. We were just curious as to which animal was the guilty party for our trashcan mess. I guess we have our answer...ALL OF THEM!
Let's just say, we have huge critters in this area because we've been feeding them well for the past several years! They won't know what to do now that they have to rely on some other food source rather than our trash can.
Now I can get back to enjoying nature instead of being mad at them for making such a mess.