Knowing coons the coon probably set the whole thing up to make it easier to get at the seeds.Had to go pick up my Dad's firearms last month (dementia). Among them is a Marlin 60 I bought him so he'd quit shooting varmints in the garden with a 30-30. The only thing I know for sure he shot was a plastic bird feeder. (A coon was climbing up it and eating all the seeds. Dad missed the coon, the feeder exploded, and the coon ate all the seeds on the ground.) I put a laser on it to try to help him aim, but he never quite got the hang of it.