Raccoons can be controlled by trapping and releasing them, setting up secure barriers, and driving them away using lighting or noise. Raccoons are considered a protected species in some states, so hunting or poisoning them is, in many cases, strictly regulated or even illegal.
Raccoons are notorious scavengers that seek out almost any food left out on a property. Keep these animals away by identifying any outdoor sources of food and keeping the property clean and secure. Removing raccoons from your property is an ongoing process that could take several days to complete.
One fun fact about raccoons is that President Calvin Coolidge kept one as a pet. Another interesting fact is that raccoons are colorblind and possess poor eyesight.
In English, the word "raccoon" is an adaptation of a Native American word from the Powhatan tribe that means "animal that scratches with its hands." The animal's scientific name is Procyon lotor. It is neo-Latin, and it means “before-dog washer."
There are seven different species of raccoons, including the North American raccoon, the most common member of the raccoon family. The distinctive masked face of this raccoon species is seen in the wild from north of Canada to South America.
Generally speaking, raccoons tend to favor wooded areas close to water, often making their dens in trees and logs. However, they can also be found in a variety of other habitats, from prairies to marshes and even cities, wherever there is a ready source of food.
Raccoons are omnivores and eat both plants and animals. They are very skilled at problem solving and have a reputation of eating just about anything they can access.
Raccoons are omnivores, meaning they eat a vast selection of plant and animal foods. They are opportunistic feeders, and their diets change according to what is available in their location.
Raccoons have a relatively large vocabulary amounting to about 51 recognized sounds, including adult raccoon purrs, snarls, chatter, squeals, whinnies, growls, hisses and screams and young raccoon twitters, coos, cries and mews. Raccoon vocalizations may resemble other animal sounds; for example, fi
While not typically aggressive unless sick or cornered, a raccoon is capable of defending itself using its sharp teeth and claws. Raccoon bites have been known to cause fractures in the bones of small animals. A bite also has the potential to transmit disease.