Incidentally, those don’t really resemble the critter I was the other day, so now I don’t know what that was. It was maybe 15-20 pounds (guessing by comparison to my cat). A medium brown color, (not the darker camo of these guys), with (iirc) a flatter face than the groundhogs above, and a blunter muzzle.

… there is a school of thought that says that exposing other people to one’s strongly expressed opinions can change minds. I tend to doubt that…

It’s not just about “exposing” the opinions… when it comes to who people listen to, the priority is: relationship, reputation, repetition.