Why Would a Raccoon Come Out During the Day?

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Raccoons are opportunistic feeders, so they are sometimes active during the day so they can take advantage of particular food sources. The Humane Society states that it is normal for raccoons to be out during the day foraging or traveling, and that the raccoon is not necessarily dangerous or sick.

Raccoons eat most foods when they are available, but they prefer fruits and nuts. They are considered to be omnivores, which means that they eat plant or animal matter. Raccoons have incredibly diverse diets, eating roughly 33 percent plant material, 27 percent vertebrates and 40 percent invertebrates. Their diet tends to be seasonal, and they prefer prey that is easy to catch. Raccoons also develop preferences for certain foods when they are abundantly available.

Raccoons prefer to live as close to their food source as possible. They journey out only when necessary, according to BBC. They are excellent climbers, adequate swimmers and are highly adaptable to various environments. They commonly live in urban areas of North America, making homes in garages, cottages, hollows in trees, attics and abandoned homes.

There are mixed views about raccoons from humans, with some considering them pests, and others feeding them intentionally. Many authorities advise against feeding them, as they may become dependent and invasive.