Raccoons are highly intelligent and curious beings. They are cute, dog-sized creatures boasting bushy ringed tails and masked faces. They make cool noises ranging from coos, chirps, chatters, purrs, and other sounds we can’t describe.
You can usually tell a raccoon has been on your property by their tracks. Their front paw prints resemble human hands and their weight is shifted forward on the prints. Raccoons love sweet corn and are known to peel back the husk before consuming. Stalks may also be broken along their climb. They are known to damage turf when seeking earthworms and foods (most people assume this is from armadillos). Raccoons prefer to den in hollow trees, barns, under sheds and porches, and in chimneys or attics. Raccoons can also cause quite the ruckus when ravaging trash, uprooting gardens, and especially damaging buildings. Raccoons are super climbers and very capable of creating large holes in structures to access food or start a family. They are known to mate most of the year and typically deliver 3-5 babies once per year. Mothers are very protective, please avoid getting in between a mother and her young. Raccoons bites or scratches can be serious and there is a risk of catching disease. In comparison to other species, incidents of rabies in raccoons has grown significantly.