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What Are the Facts and Myths Surrounding Raccoons?


Much like the opossum, raccoons are severely misunderstood. Understanding the wildlife in your yard is the first step to keeping it out, and also keeping it safe.

In many parts of our country, raccoons are considered to be dirty and violent.  Much like the opossum, raccoons are severely misunderstood.  While they should be removed from your yard like any other kind of pest, you should also learn to understand them.  Understanding the wildlife in your yard is the first step to keeping it out, and also keeping it safe.  If you want to know a little more about raccoons, read on.

The Facts


Raccoons are nocturnal.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t like to go out during the day, and it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong with them.  Raccoons are omnivorous, so they like to hunt during the night and during the day, so they can have a full variety of options!  They’re excellent climbers, great swimmers, and have incredibly keen sense of hearing.  Raccoons are not territorial, and they like to wander the forests with significant bodies of water.  Raccoons create dens in hollow trees or rock crevices, or any kind of small and warm place they can find.  While most have a lifespan of about 5 years, some can live to be up to 16 years old!


The Myths


There’s a common believe that raccoons wash their food before eating it.  It’s not exactly washing, though; raccoons don’t care if their food has touched the ground.  They’re mostly performing an innate motor function that comes from searching for seafood.  Also, raccoons don’t hibernate, contrary to popular belief.  This comes from the fact that raccoons can survive in their dens during the winter for weeks without any kind of food.  Many people believe that raccoons are the main carrier of rabies, but the truth is, there’s never been a documented case where a raccoon has bitten a human.  So, you shouldn’t be afraid of them because of rabies.  They certainly should be given their space, as they have sharp claws and teeth that could hurt you.  But raccoons just want to find food and take care of their babies!


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