Thursday, May 03, 2012

Raccoon Behavior

Raccoons feed mainly at night. The mere sight of a raccoon out, moving about, during daylight hours does not necessarily constitute a problem.  In the absence of other factors, healthy raccoons can be seen out during daylight hours.

They eat fruit, nuts, berries, small animals and insects, and also will feed on pet food, garbage, and garden crops.

Female raccoons look for den sites in late winter. Litters of one to seven young are born in April and May. Young raccoons open their eyes about three weeks after birth, and often announce their presence with mewing, twittering or crying sounds. They nurse for about six weeks, then leave the den to follow the mother until September or early October when they disperse and establish their own territories.    
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