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    ABOUT RACCOONS

    This highly intelligent and curious creature with the long "fingers" can also be a nuisance to property owners.  They are nocturnal mammals that can destroy gardens, make a mess by tipping over garbage cans, raid your bird feeder, damage crops, uncap chimneys, tear roof shingles and can cause structural damage in search of food.  They possess amazing dexterity that gives them the ability to open doors, jars, bottles and latches.  They are also great climbers, which allows them to better access food and shelter.

    HABITAT

    Traditionally, raccoons prefer heavily wooded areas with access to trees, water and lots of vegetation.  They make their "dens" in the hollow parts of trees as well as abandoned burrows.  They can travel up to 18 miles to forage for food.

    They are very adaptable.  You can often find them in suburban and urban areas, making their homes in man-made structures like attics, sewers, barns and sheds.  In urban areas, raccoons tend to stay closer to their dens with a range of only about 1 mile, depending on their age and sex.