Interesting facts about the raccoon habitat

The raccoon habitat is constantly changing, thanks to the ever-growing urban sprawl that is apparent across much of the world.  Raccoons are most comfortable in wooded areas near water, although people in some cities also have a difficult time keeping them out of their garbage cans.  Raccoons need tall structures like trees to hide in, so you won’t generally find them in wide open fields.  Raccoons also usually avoid beech trees and other trees with similar bark.  The bark of a beech tree is very smooth, which makes it difficult for raccoons to climb.

Raccoons usually use holes in trees or rocks to build a den.  If they can’t find a suitable hole to live in, then they sometimes use holes left behind by other animals.  In a raccoon habitat, the animal may use its sleeping hole just once, or 10 times or more. 

A raccoon habitat with access to water usually supports more raccoons than drier habitats because they feed on crabs and other crustaceans.  A marsh also makes a good raccoon habitat because of all the food it provides for the animals.

As urban sprawl continues to take over, more and more raccoons are starting to move to the cities.  The first urban sighting of a raccoon dates to the 1920’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, but people in cities all across North America and Europe have reported seeing raccoons within city limits.

Urban raccoons that live in smaller suburbs usually sleep in a nearby forest, but some raccoons have literally moved right into the city and made homes inside of old trees, garages, abandoned homes, and even attics.  Raccoons usually raid garbage cans and dumpsters to find food in the city, and they also look for fruit and insects in nearby gardens.

While some people may think raccoons look rather cute, they can be quote dangerous.  For one thing, raccoons can carry rabies, a deadly disease you can contract if the raccoon bites you.  Some raccoons that have rabies may appear to be overly aggressive, although not raccoons that have rabies will exhibit this type of behavior.  It’s best simply to stay away from them. 

You should never feed raccoons because they will keep coming back to you for more food, and you’ll never get rid of them.  Raccoons become increasingly dependent as time goes on, so you don’t want them to be depending on you for food. 

Healthy raccoons don’t typically attack humans or pets, although some isolated cases of this have been reported.  If you discover raccoons living in your attic, you can try a number of methods to drive them out.  Loud noises can scare raccoons away, and flashing lights are also very effective.  Raccoons can do thousands of dollars in damage to a home if they decide to build a den in the attic, so you should do everything you can not to attract raccoons to your home.  If you grow corn in your garden and notice a lot of damage to the plants, then raccoons may also be to blame.