Muskoka residents have problems with the Raccoons (Procyon lotor) entering their home or cottage. They can do quite a bit of damage to property. It is always safer to contact a trained expert rather than attempt to handle wild animals such as the Raccoon without the proper knowledge or assistance. The local wildlife control experts at Muskoka Pest Control can help! Call or email us to arrange a consultation with one of our wildlife professionals.
About the Raccoon
The raccoon, which is a relative of the bear, belongs to the Procyonidae family. Algonquin Indians called the raccoon “Arakunem”, meaning “he who scratches with his hands”.
The raccoon has a bushy tail with the four to six prominent black rings, its sparkling black eyes, and the black mask over eyes, nose and cheeks which gives it the look of a mischievous bandit. Its skull is broad and its face tapers from the short, rounded, white-tipped ears to the button-like nose. It has short legs that end in narrow, hairless paws. Raccoons have very good vision good for both day and night activities. The Raccoon has acute hearing and a well-developed sense of touch. The non-retractable claws are well adapted for climbing, fighting off enemies, catching and eating prey and devouring carrion. Its dark coat provides good camouflage at night. The male raccoon is larger than the female.
The raccoon is omnivorous and eats young birds, birds’ eggs, carrion, poultry, shellfish, small mammals, fish, frogs, insects, fruits, nuts, berries and corn. It is also known for pilfering through garbage in urban areas. Raccoons do not stay in any one den type or at any one den site for extended periods. Rather, they move among a variety of dens including the on-ground dens used in summer, in-ground dens and tree dens.
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