Raccoons are one of the most charismatic species of animals found in North America. They are said to be very intelligent; they can remember the solution to tasks up to three years later.

Identification

  • 16 to 28 inches in length
  • Weights 8 to 20 lbs
  • Grayish in color with white and black facial markings

Environment

  • Superb ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions
  • Now common residents in cities, towns and suburbs
  • Will live in hollowed out trees, caves, or even an attic or garage if they find one available
  • Consume both animal and plant matter diet varies with locality, season and availability

Threats

  • Commonly raid gardens, garbage cans, bird feeders, fish-ponds and even kitchen cabinets
  • Have been known to use door knobs, so cabinet doors are hardly a challenge
  • A pet door is an open invitation

Treatment

  • Most home insurance policies will pay to have the insulation removed and replaced if damage and contamination occurs in attic
  • Provide an exclusion barrier where needed
  • Live cages around garbage cans

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