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Clever, little, furry baby raccoons. Entertaining to observe. Their tiny nimble-fingered paws rummaging through anything they can forage.
These bandit-masked beasts are everywhere. Most commonly seen at night, raccoons are nocturnal foragers that will eat just about anything! Insects, eggs, plants, frogs, crayfish, and even garbage.
They are lightning quick to grab whatever suits them and will actually gorge themselves in the spring and summer to prepare for a sleepy winter in a crowded den.
Mother raccoons give birth to anywhere from 1-7 cubs. Raccoons will weigh from 4-25 pounds, and live about 3-10 years in the wild.
A neighbor brought two of these babies over for us to meet.
I have scoured all the resources I can find and have not been able to find a humane way to keep wild raccoons from ravaging garden beds.
An electric fence is an option, but I would worry about pets and small children playing around the garden. Some people have had limited success with owning large dogs to chase them out, but their have also been cases where dogs were actually killed by raccoons.
These garden guests will certainly wear out their welcome if they stay longer than a moment or two!
Fun Raccoon Facts (from thejunglestore.com)
– The raccoon’s scientific name, Procyon lotor, means “washer dog” although it is a closer relative to the bear family.
– Population densities of raccoons in urban areas can be 20 times higher than for raccoons in rural environments.
– Raccoons have a large array of vocalizations. They purr, whistle, growl, hiss, scream and even whinny.
– Raccoons have been kept as pets (President Coolidge and his wife had one named Rebecca), and while young, seem happy to be in human company. As they mature, especially during mating season, they can become increasingly destructive and aggressive.
– A raccoon’s hands are so nimble they can unlace a shoe, unlatch a cage and deftly retrieve coins as thin as dimes from your shirt pocket.