Raccoons live just about everywhere, from California all the way to the East Coast. These animals cause numerous problems not just to individuals, but to the environment also. They live in hollow logs, under porches, attics and have even been found living In garages and in farm machines. Usually in winter, Animal Control gets a whole lot of calls for Raccoons in people’s homes. (Largely being found in attics). Animal control will hopefully find these creatures and safely remove them far from your home. Once removed and released the Raccoon has been known to find their way back to its”home”. That is why Animal Control has been known to release them far enough away so they can’t return. Raccoons are extremely curious. They get into trash cans, can turn on water spickets, and can even open doors. Most of their mischief is due in search of food. These critters are Nocturnal. (Sleeping in day, and awake at night.) While you are sleeping, they’re out getting into virtually everything. This is a favourite item on its menu. Just one Raccoon can destroy an entire lawn in one night.
Another significant part these animals is they carry diseases. One, a very common one: Rabies, once infected this creature can be extremely competitive, foam at the mouth and seem very unpleasant. The Raccoons feces (poop) can carry what is called Roundworm, (Baylisascaris procyonis) which if touched by an individual can be occasionally deadly. The Roundworm is a parasite that can live in the gut and can travel through the body infecting different organs. Some instances have led to death. Climbing is a significant part or a raccoon’s lifestyle, their feet and tail were perfectly designed for that purpose. The tail used for balancing and the toes designed for clinging and hanging. Raccoons can climb up and down, left and right, forward and also climb down backwards! Their weight runs anywhere from 12-20 lbs, the biggest on record was 60lbs! These fuzzy critters can teach us so much, not just about them, but how we as people can care for them and their surroundings.