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   Raccoons

Grouping Omnivore
Nicknames Ring tailed bandit, masked bandit, a#$%&, coon, night raider.
Best Known For Raiding human habitat and dwelling in chimneys, attics and out
buildings. Destroying sweet corn crops. Excellent climbers and
swimmers.
Life Span 3 to 5 years.
Mating Season January and February but can mate through June.
Litter Size 3 to 5 per year.
Litters Per Year One litter per year. Gestation 63 days.
Dispersal Young often remain with the adult female through winter and
move out in the spring.
Habitat House attics, abandoned buildings, barns, hollow trees, log piles,
old ground hog dens, brush piles, hay piles.
Activity Cycle Nocturnal but not uncommon to be seen out on overcast days. They are not hibernators but will become dormant during harsh
winter periods and lose up to of their body weight.
Food Everything including dog and cat food, birdseed, many fruits,
carrion, fish, eggs, fresh water mussels, Cray fish, campsite
foodstuff, lawn grubs, sweet and field corn. Will kill and eat
chickens and ducks. Often removing the heads and eating the
crop.
Damage Signs Claw / scratch marks where climbing. Very visible damage at entry points. Knocked over refuse containers. Stripped sweet corn. Fecal matter accumulations. Trampled insulation. Staining and odor. Lawn damage includes rolled up sections of sod. Distinct poultry kills.
Treatment Trap and remove problem animals, exclude from structures, and remove tempting food sources. Noise or odor deterrents have little or no lasting effect.
Diseases Raccoon Round Worm is found in the feces and is only destroyed by fire. Great care should be taken when cleaning up feces and toilet sites. Rabies (transmission is through bites, scratches and contact with saliva. Can also be transmitted via shared outside pet food dishes.)
Distinguishing Features Raccoons have distinctive markings including a ringtail and facial coloration, resembling a mask. Verbalizations are quite common including screams, purring, battering, and high pitch growls.

 

Bats Opossums
Beavers Pigeons
Birds Porcupines
Canada Geese Rabbits
Chipmunks Raccoons
Crows Rats
Deer Shrew
Flying Squirrels Skunks
Foxes Snakes
Ground Hogs Snapping Turtles
Mice Squirrels
Mink Starlings
Moles Voles
Muskrats Wood Peckers

 

 

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