Raccoons are kings of the urban jungle but that is not where they originally came from. They started in dense forests that once filled North America. They have since adapted to life in the suburbs and cities, they used to have a slightly different lifestyle.
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In the wild raccoons survive on nuts, berries, some vegetables, and injured birds and smaller animals. They are willing to eat just about anything and their exceptionally short digestive tract allows them to eat rotting meat with no negative side effects. They prefer to live in places with easy access to water like the woods. But they are also comfortable in tropical temperatures. They tend towards farmland as well. Raccoons will spend many hours sleeping in their den during the daytime. While the adults sleep though, small babies are not yet nocturnal and may wander out of the den.
The males and females tend not to hang around together for very long. Once the male has impregnated the female he leaves to go find another female, the female is left to raise and teach the children on her own.
Raccoons, like in urban landscapes, don’t usually make their own den and prefer to find them. In the wild this could be a hollowed-out tree, a den previously made by another animal or even a small cave or fallen log. Raccoons are very solitary creatures, rarely getting together except to mate. The male leaves after mating but the mother remains to raise the young.
If you have a raccoon in your home then you will need to get rid of it. Their feces and urine are highly toxic and full of diseases. Raccoon control uses a one-way door system to get raccoons out of attics. The door lets the animal leave but prevents it from getting back in.
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