Raccoons – Damage and Management

In some areas, the population of Raccoons is so great that there is a number of special management means designed to reduce the species count. The fact is that the Raccoon is often a nuisance for farmers. Some people consider the species a dangerous pest that harms cornfields and other agricultural areas.

Due to the Raccoon’s highly adaptable nature, the species seem to expand its range. It can feed on a variety of foods including animals, their eggs, and, surely, plants both wild and cultivated. The Raccoon often damages cornfields, melon patches, vineyards, and poultry yards.

Valuable sites for hunting the waterfowl also suffer from this wild intelligent creature. The Raccoon often hunts bird eggs and the young. Great numbers of species are also undesirable in urban areas. The Raccoon damages residential roofs, gardens, and lawns.

Trapping and hunting are extensively used to manage the number of Raccoons in an area. It is also possible to trap these animals live and transport them to remote areas with lower population densities. However, this practice may result in disease spread, particularly rabies.

Sometimes, humans improve habitats for the Raccoon. Keeping in mind that the species is best with areas close to water and those with available den sites. However, the habitat does not need improvement in urban areas. Raccoons adapt easily to urban life and their range seems to be expanding.

Raccoons – Pets

Raccoons are sometimes kept as pets. The species is easily tamed at a young age and adapts quickly to urban life. However, this wild animal retains most of its habits and is sometimes hard to cope. Male Raccoons tend to become aggressive as they age. Such animals have to find their way back to the wild. However, their life in the wild does not seem to be successful since they have lost many of their hunting instincts by the time of their release. Individual species, however, do adjust to wild life. Generally, Raccoons are said to make good pets on the condition that the owner is aware of the species characteristics and finds ways to get along well with it.

Raccoons – Management Links

Living with Urban Wildlife: The Raccoon – Raccoon characteristics, problem solving, and live trapping.

Raccoons – Wildlife Watch – Information on Raccoon management.

Insurance –  Learn more about how you can find an insurance that cover raccoon damage.

Raccoon ( Procyon lotor ) Survival in West-Central Illinois – In addition to population management issues, concern over the Raccoon as a vector for disease transmission has increased as more humans, pets and livestock come into contact with abundant Raccoon populations. PDF article.

Raccoon Procyon lotor Profile – Distribution, habitat, appearance, reproduction, food, habits, controls, and values of the Raccoon. PDF file.

Raccoon Traps – Examples of Raccoon traps with pictures and comments.

Raccoon, Procyon lotor – Everyone knows the Raccoon. These stocky dog-sized animals with the black mask across the eyes and the ringed tail are difficult to mistake for anything else as they amble along with their distinctive rolling gait.

Scent Stations For Indexing Raccoon Populations – A cooperative research effort between MSU and the MDWFP recently examined the use of scent stations.

The Raccoon — Friend or Foe? – This publication describes precautions that you can take to avoid potential Raccoon problems.

The Raccoon at the UAMZ – Description and other facts about the Raccoon behavior, habitat of the Raccoon, and conservation/biodiversity.

Vanishing Species – Raccoons – Browse facts about this mammal, including taxonomy, statistics, offspring, and relationship with humans. Contains 6 pictures.

Wildlife Help Center: Raccoons – Information about the species, possible conflicts and solutions, and public health concerns.

Raccoons – Links of Interest

Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections: North American Raccoons – Physical characteristics and distribution of the Raccoon as well as pictures of the brain.

Costa Rica – Mapache (Raccoon) – Information on Raccoons in Costa Rica.

Dr. Sue’s Raccoon Fun Page – Veterinarian posts entertaining trivia about this backyard bandit. Read over the latest news, including word on a new Raccoon rabies vaccine.

I Must Need a Therapist – Pet Raccoon – Care instructions and related links.

Procyon lotor – Species description, life cycle, natural history, and range.

Raccoon (Procyon lotor) Facts – Range and habitat, physical appearance, diet, reproduction and social behavior, threats, subspecies, and related species of the Raccoon.

Raccoon and Common Merganser Nest Box – Access illustrated plans for building a nesting structure for raccoons and ducks.

Raccoons – ABC-Kid.com – Picture gallery and information page.

Raccoons – theBigZoo.com – Raccoon (Procyon lotor) facts, photos and discussion board.

Raccoons in Brief – Brief information on the species and links to related sites.

Raccoons Stock Photography – Pictures of Raccoons.

Raising Raccoons – Information on raising to releasing Raccoons with facts and general information based on personal pets.

Tazzmaynia and Cridder – Offers stories and photos of two domesticated Raccoons. Read facts about these animals and find out why they don’t make good pets.