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Living with Raccoons

Updated on June 18, 2017
Mom Raccoon Visiting Us
Mom Raccoon Visiting Us | Source

Sharing Space with Raccoons

In the cities, we have a shared space agreement with raccoons. They live over the hedge defining our garbage as prime steak and we live indoors just barely aware that they're out there. But at the cottage, it's a whole different experience.

In the woods, it's their territory. We peek in and watch them in the trees or scuttling about in the ground, often as family groups, and understand ourselves as intruders. Maybe, more like sharers of the territory.

The raccoons poke about in the endless pursuit of food and that's where the fun begins.

Mom Raccoon at Work - Trying Hard to Get the Seeds

Raccoon at the Feeder
Raccoon at the Feeder | Source

Mom Raccoon at Work

In the picture, Mom is clearly trying to beef up to feed her new family living up the tree. She's a bit scrawny and she is defining anything edible as fair game including bird food. Look at that face. In there is a clear statement of don't mess with me. Your feeder full of sunflower seeds is history.

So, here she is poking at our feeder in mid-morning. Usually, raccoons are nocturnal so I was surprised to see Mom Raccoon at this time of day. She could see us through the window but that did not stop her. She must have been very hungry and probably had several kits depending on her.

Powerful Raccoon Paws

Power in Racoon Paws
Power in Racoon Paws | Source

Look at those raccoon paws

Here she is, powerful paws in action. Those paws have more nerve endings than our human hands. As such, raccoons depend on their sense of touch making them very adept at night. And those masks. Reminds me of what I have read about these creatures.

Because of those masks, the raccoons figure prominently as totems among the North American first nations. The raccoons are powerful symbols, believed to enhance the sense of touch, adaptability, cunning in avoiding danger and finding food.

Symbols Significant to Native Americans

Raccoon Watching for Humans
Raccoon Watching for Humans | Source

Raccoons as Powerful Totems

Bright and lively, smart, persistent and able to satisfy itself with what the moment offers, the raccoons are just the symbols to enable the North American tribes to survive. From such a totem, the native North Americans believe one can get the gift of touch, able to see even in the dark and cunning and persistence in the acquisition of food and the evasion of danger.

Though often portrayed as a trickster or mischief maker in legends, some North American tribes know that such trickery is often applied to acquiring food or avoiding danger or just harassing foreigners in their houses.

Folkmanis Mini Raccoon Finger Puppet
Folkmanis Mini Raccoon Finger Puppet

Why not get one for yourself? You can play this with your own neighbourhood raccoon. Just make sure you are safely inside and the raccoon is outside.

 

Do you like raccoons? - Get this raccoon finger puppet

This is the closest I would be to a raccoon. This finger puppet. I will definitely get this to show to our raccoons in the cottage.

As long as there is a window separating us, I feel safe and so does the raccoon. I think both of us will have lots of fun with this.

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Raccoon at our Feeder
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Mom Raccoon

Mom Raccoon
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Raccoon Visit - Showing Off Her Kits

Mom Raccoon
Mom Raccoon | Source

Raccoons Remember Kindness

A friend told me about a mother raccoon she once fed regularly. As it was pregnant, my friend thought she is in dire need of supplement. The raccoon would come regularly to her back door where she would give her food.

One day, the raccoon just stopped coming. So, although she wondered what could have happened to it, she eventually forgot about her. But one early spring morning, my friend heard tapping and sounds from her back door. She went out to check and to her surprise, there was Mom raccoon with her kits.

My friend figured that Mom Raccoon came to show off her kits. She was really touched. Unhappily, my friend moved so she never saw the kits grow up but now, when she sees raccoons, her heart goes out to them.

Have a Raccoon Bean Bag - Cuddle a Raccoon

This toy will not only be fun to play with but one you can use to manage your feelings towards raccoons. Look at it, throw it to release your anger at raccoons, cuddle it to eliminate your fear and just have it around to remind you of your friend, the Raccoon.

Raccoons at the Bird Feeder

Our Resident Raccoon
Our Resident Raccoon | Source

Raccoons can test your patience

Raccoons, though, can really test your patience especially in cities where they sometimes do tremendous damage like taking over your garage or your attic. I just read a news story from Canada's capital city of Ottawa of a man facing charges because of the injuries he caused the raccoons. What a doofus. All he had to do was move his stereo to the attic and play Twisted Sister or ZZTop at full blast. The raccoons have better taste than we do and they'll leave.

When I think of the mischiefs the raccoons do regularly at the cottage, I also get angry but Grumpy always reminds me that for these raccoons, what they do is a matter of survival. While I love my feeders, I have to look at this from the raccoons' point of view. They must love the sweet nectar from my hummingbird feeder as they empty it each night. I am still upset from when they shattered my new hummingbird feeder. But the picture of them riding the feeder from the tree to the ground does make me smile.

Raccoon Revenge - Or Staking its Feeding Territory

Raccoon Revenge
Raccoon Revenge | Source

Raccoon Revenge or Marking her Territory?

Grumpy once vented his frustration at the raccoons by putting Vaseline on the feeder pole. That night we watched the raccoon come. Through the glass door, we watched her confidently scrabble up the pole to get at the feeder. First try, front end went up, back in slowly skidded down. Second try, extra effort went into the back end but with the same result. It was hilarious from the inside. She turned around and glared at us! She kept trying but she just could not make it to the top.

The next morning, we found mounds of raccoon poo on our flower pot and right at our doorstep. Maybe it is marking its feeding territory but to us, it was raccoon revenge.

Raccoons Opening Refrigerators

Off with a Loaf of Bread

I have read before that some raccoons go in homes and get into fridges. Well, it happened to us last summer. We have always left our boat house door open and so far until last summer, it has been left undisturbed. This summer, the raccoons finally got into the boat house fridge. Good thing, it was filled with drinks and just a loaf of bread so the loaf was all it enjoyed. Since then, we always put heavy things in front of the fridge.

Watch these raccoons - Smart and Interesting Animals

Who knows what they do at night in the cottage. I am sure they have a ball. They do work hard though to get at the feeder hoping it would fall down so they could have a feast. But I bet you they have fun as well. Raccoons are capable of making at least 50 different kinds of sounds so you will hear them.

Interesting Things About Raccoons

Know them better

Given that the raccoons are there to stay close to us, I decided to read up on them and well, discovered some interesting things about them.

1. Raccoons are omnivores. They eat almost anything those powerful paws can get but they are mostly fond of water creatures like crayfish, frogs, fish and snail. They also eat mice, insects, eggs, fruits and plants. But in cities, raccoons eat mostly garbage.

2. Raccoons tend to be solitary except females with young. They only pair up during the breeding season which reaches a peak in March to April. They also change dens every few days with no predictable pattern.

3. Females can have 1-7 kits or cubs in early summer after a 65-day gestation.

4. Raccoon kits, in their first two months, often stay up top a tree hole. They only come down when they are ready to forage for food. They stay in the Mother's home range during their first winter.

5. Raccoons can rotate their hind feet 180 degrees making them great climbers and able to go down trees head first.

6. Raccoons in the northern parts like Canada, sleep in their dens in the winter so they eat much in the summer to gain body fat.

7. Raccoons are capable of making at least 50 different sounds like growls, hisses, snorts, and purr. Sometimes, they sound like a sleeping Grumpy.

8. Raccoons create toilet areas (like our doorstep) away from their nesting places.

9. Average life span in the wild is from 2 to 3 years. Raccoon predators include cougars, bobcats, coyotes, and dogs. For the kits, large owls and eagles prey on them.

Raccoons and Us Wonder about Each Other - Staring at Each Other Through the Glass

Racoon in our Feeder
Racoon in our Feeder | Source

In the city, it's a bit of a take no prisoners war but at the cottage, both the raccoons and us peer through the window and wonder what on earth the folks on the other side of the glass are up to.

Our Continuing Raccoon Relationship - Guess Who's Smarter?

Raccoon in the Deck
Raccoon in the Deck | Source

Guess who's smarter in the battle with raccoons?

We still get regular deposits of poo at our doorstep. It seems that raccoons have very good memories so I think we will have to live with this.

Each year is a battle to make sure no food is lying around where the raccoons can get at. We make sure the barbecue is clean. We do not throw food outside even fruit peels.

We take the necessary precautions but this relationship will continue to unfold as our home is in this particular raccoon's home range and on balance, she's smarter than we are.

Mom Raccoon in Relaxation - Getting Ready for the Long Winter

Raccoon Relaxing
Raccoon Relaxing | Source

The Raccoon Battle and the Fun Continues

Mum relaxing on the trees for a long winter before it starts all over again in the next spring. And the battle continues and the fun as well.

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      Ben Reed 6 days ago from Redcar

      Raccoons are not seen here in the UK, but after reading your article I wish they were. Love the images.

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      Mary Norton 8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I will be so petrified if that happened to me. Thanks for the visit Sharon.

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 months ago from Texas

      Beautiful article and pictures. I had one experience with a raccoon which came into the house in the city where I lived and got on the bed beside me and was licking my arm, I called out to mom and she turned on the light and there was a big raccoon and they chased it all over the house and then one of my brothers opened the door and it ran out.

      Thank you very much for all the info.

      Blessings always.

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      Srikanth R 8 months ago

      Nice article about fascinating animal!

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      Mary Norton 9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sorry about that. They do create damage but we just have to live with them.

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      Nell Rose 9 months ago from England

      We don't have raccoons over here, but they are so cute! lol! we have squirrels that dig my pots on my balcony! lol!

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      Mary Norton 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Rachel. We do live with them in the cottage and they are often much wiser than us.

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      Rachel L Alba 19 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Mary, You made raccoons sound endearing. I don't have anything against raccoons, I think they are cute, but I never came in contact with one and never saw one close up. I think the story about the raccoon having revenge on you by pooping on your door step, is hilarious. I loved the video and the pictures. I did learn a lot about them also. Thanks for all the work.

      Blessings to you.

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      Mary Norton 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I know.I do feel bad, too, about our encroachment in their area so we try to share.

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      Patricia Scott 22 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Mary

      Love racoons but mostly from afar. We do have them in our area but I have never seen one in my yard. I have a pup who

      is in charge of all things outside so that may be the reason.

      It is a shame that we have encroached on their territory so much they they are forced to scavenge. You are so good to share with them :D

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      moonlake 22 months ago from America

      We had a mother raccoon bring in her little ones to eat. They were so cute. We enjoyed watching them.

      Our son had a pet raccoon he was a lot of fun. Once he got older he went outside and never came back.

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      Mary Norton 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have lots of wildlife, even bears and they're fun to watch as long as you stay inside. We even make the dogs stay inside.

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      Lana ZK 22 months ago from California

      Oh my god they are so cute! Remind me of my dog Riva. She's also a vermin, and a rascal :-) I only have wild bunnies where I live, and they never come to visit like your raccoons do, so I'm hopelessly jealous :-))

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      Your photos a great story about this interesting animal. I do not know anything about him before. I think it's a good animal must deal with him and his little food will be good business.In the end it is part of nature and we must live with. Thank you..

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am with you there about mice. We will them soon.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I generally don't care for vermin of any kind but your affection for the little rat bags comes through so I voted you up anyway.

      Be blessed and have fun with the little garbage stealers!

      I like that racoons eat mice. Cause I like mice even less.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      They truly are lovable when young. But watch out when for the Mom.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Peggy, that is always what my husband says. They do need to survive, too.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was interesting and full of things I didn't know about raccoons. Their persistence is really amazing and the sensitivity of their paws and climbing abilities, too. I loved the video of the kits in the hammock. Very enjoyable.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved the photos you captured! Wonderful! We do have raccoons in the wild around Houston but personally we see more possums that come visiting. It has gotten so bad that I have given up trying to grow eggplants outside because most of them are taken before I can get to them when ready to harvest. The squirrels also do some of that. I guess they need to eat also! Up votes and sharing as well as pinning to my animals board.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Maybe not. We never feed them except when the babies have definitely their problems but they just go for the feeders. They will be there everyday if you start feeding them.

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      Faythe F. 2 years ago from USA

      At least once a year I will see two raccoon sitting on my patio looking through the slider..I have never thought to feed them...Maybe I should.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are right about not feeding them. We now bring in our bird feeders at night so when they can't get food, they don't come back. Sometimes, my husband feels bad for them especially in early spring so he leaves one or two of the feeders.

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      justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

      I used to have raccoon visitors every night when I lived in the CA redwoods. They tell all their friends if you feed them, and soon you have a mob! I think it's best to perhaps toss edible scraps out into the woods away from the house but not actually encourage them to come up to the house and eat. If one gets inside, it can really wreak some havoc!

      Voted up, funny and interesting! :)

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for sharing. They do dig my flower pots. Well, we have to share space with them.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      We never had much to do with raccoons but we had one house that was lkocated by a deep ravine that was populated by various wild animals such as deer and raccoons. They never got into the house but they tried and pulled off some siding. They also dug up our garden. Interesting hub. sharing.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That was what happened to us last summer. It was quite an experience.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      The only time I've been up close and personal with raccoons was a couple of years ago when a mother and her young were under the neighbour's deck. He waited until mom left and moved the youngster's out back at the edge of the property (we have an open field behind) for her to collect them. We were able to capture them in a couple of pictures. They were incredible.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have heard so many stories like this and it is concerning for us. I have to remember to close our doors each time.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      We used to have a raccoon with a bad hind leg (an old injury) come up on our porch at night and scrounge for dropped catfood that our cats had left during the day. I called him Tripod but didn't intentionally feed him. I tried to ignore him and let him go about his business. I enjoyed your photos and your story. They are smart animals. I had a friend who left a door open accidentally and had a mama and baby wander in her house.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you. At first, I also did not like their visit until a friend shared with me her experience which I included in the hub.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      This was very interesting and I've never had the experience of dealing with a raccoon. I know a lot of people see them as pests but they're still a part of nature and they shouldn't be treated with disdain. This was an eye opener however. Great read.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That is sad that the raccoons get killed but on the other hand, you won't have problems with your garbage.

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      We don't see many raccoons here even though we have a woods behind us. Sadly we live just off of a highway and they get killed crossing. You've got some beautiful photos.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are wild but they visit us all the time. I don't think I will attempt to make them as pets although some had.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an encounter you had with the Mom and baby raccoons. You are right about not getting in her way.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, do you keep these raccoons? Malaysia, there is no raccoons but I believe it could make a nice pet than cat

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What great photos. You have been blessed to be up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.

      They can be pesky I know for some but we have taken over so much of their habitat they are at a loss as to what to do.

      I had a lovely encounter with a Momma raccoon and her 7 babies.

      I was out for my evening stroll and she scurried across the road in front of me. Just behind were seven dolls .....how precious they were...I could not help them to Momma as I feared she may come after me. So I stood and kept them from the highway. Eventually they were able to lift their little bodies up over the hedge and into Momma's care.

      thanks for sharing this Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That would not be good. I hope the ones we have will never learn to go in our cottage.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So very interesting. I have lived in the country most of my life so racoons are a pretty familiar thing. Once though I had a neighbor who had one as a pet and that thing would try its best to claw its way into our house from underneath our floor. That was not a good experience!

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Joel, I know you wouldn't do it again but isn't the experience great? I am sure he'll stop by once in a while. Say hi for me.

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      Joel Diffendarfer 2 years ago from Ft Collins, Colorado

      One of my sons hunts and traps for both food and fur...but, one day he came home with a baby raccoon that for some reason, it was abandoned. And even though, as some people have a thing against hunting and hunters, my son has a deep rooted love for the outdoors and wildlife management. How could I say no to him wanting to nuture this little cute creature...and all went well for awhile...it got along well with our dogs, the cat, and even our ferret...we nursed it with a bottle, we provided a large open cage complete with a hollow log...all went well for a while...it grew quickly and became extremely social...it loved to curl up and watch television, play hide and seek, and used the litter box without incidents...but one day, it got too smart...opening the fridge was not a real problem, opening cabinets was mostly comical...but, turning on faucets to get a drink turned out to be quite a challenge...that in itself wasn't the problem...coming home to all of the faucets running with the bathtup overflowing, was. Needless to say, the time had come...(and we knew it would)...we started taking it outside more and more...taking him for longer walks each day...it took a while but eventually, he rediscovered his true love...the woods...once in a while he would stop by...fun experience but I don't think I would do it again...

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love this hub! The writing is very interesting and entertaining and the photos are lovely. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with racoons.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kenneth, thanks. Same to you and your family.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      aesta1,

      Happy Thanksgiving to You, Yours and Friends. Me? I am Very Thankful to be blessed with your friendship and following.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, they'll be there when they smell food.

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      Sara Krentz 2 years ago from USA

      They are so cute. When we lived up north, there was a mom raccoon who used to come and eat the cat's food out of the bowl on our front porch. She would come within a foot of us, as we were sitting in camp chairs out there at dusk.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Those paws can do anything. They do have good memories, too.

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I wasn't happy one spring when I saw a raccoon had dug up a section of our grass. Their paws are so strong that it looked like a rotiller had gone through. I reseeded it and the next year the raccoon had gone on to someone else's lawn in the neighborhood. We saw a raccoon that had been hit on the highway the next summer. That was the end of the digging.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the wonderful wishes Kenneth. We just went to a painting village here in Hanoi and got talking with a painter who family has been doing this for 500 years.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Watch those paws. They're powerful.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, aesta1,

      I just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy and safe weekend.

      Today is Nov. 21 at 2:57 p.m.,/cst

      And guess what??? The Sun IS OUT!!!! I am so happy.

      It took me some negotiating, but with will power and positive energy, it can be done.

      Love you my Dear Friend, Follower!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I live in Florida, and we have many raccoons! They are very intelligent, that's for sure. Since rabies is so common here, we are warned not to get too close to these cute little guys. You are lucky to have glass between you and them. Your photos are just wonderful, BTW.

      I threw out some mashed potatoes one evening, and most of it landed on the side of a pine tree. I enjoyed watching a raccoon using his paws to get to the potatoes.

      Great Hub, voted UP, etc.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You know what Elsie, this happened to my peaches. I waited for the fruits to ripen more. Each day, I say one more day. Then, one morning, they were gone except for 2. I thought some neighbours got it but I found the seeds and knew the culprit. Left us with one each.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Love reading your story. I think you may have to learn to live with them.

      In New Zealand I have similar problems with the possum only they a night animal. not daytime animals.

      Eat my roses, all the skin on the lemons, just leave the flesh for me.

      Eat fruit on the trees before they ripen as a result I haven't had any plums for four years. No plum jam I do miss that, far nicer than brought jam.

      I have tried everything, now I'm at the stage, I have just given in.

      So much for pests.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear aesta1,

      Just needed to say hi. Aesind for you to keep on writing these fine hubs.

      I have a question you ask your friends who love raccoons:

      Besides "Rocky," what other names are fitting for raccoons?

      See what they say.

      Have a safe night.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you D.A.L. for the vote. I enjoyed these raccoons every summer as they always come and visit.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Great read about the racoon and I appreciate how much work went into producing this hub. great pictures also. being a naturalist from England it is very rewarding for me to read about the animals from your side of the pond. Voted up interesting and useful.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sorry, I don't even go near them.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear aesta1,

      It is 7:40 p.m./cst/Nov. 8

      You are still getting those well-deserved comments on this terrific hub. I was meaning to ask you if it is possible to catch and tame a baby crow? I love crows. I even offered to pay a woman at our nearest Walmart who camps with her husband and boys every waking minute, but she declined.

      So I just wanted to ask you to see what you thought.

      Kenneth

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I hope you get to see some one day. Sometimes, I think it is good to see them only in pictures. Thanks for the visit.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much. You are right about not feeding them. If they find food in your balcony just once, they'll keep checking.

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      Ronald E Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      What a fascinating piece! To my sorrow, I've never actually seen a live racoon, though I live in an area with a lot of wildlife. Your photos are magnificent, and make me wish I had some racoon neighbors in my back yard.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Our apt balcony butts up to a small hill with trees where raccoon love to forage. Very tempting to feed them but I know if I did, they'd be over the balcony and on the furniture in a heartbeat! Love the pics of your cabin friends :)

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Maybe, in the spring when we go back to the cottage. What a great idea.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

      Aesta1,

      Just dropping by to encourage you to keep up the great work. I wanted to ask if you name your raccoons?

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, when they're trapped they behave just like anyone of us, I suppose. I don't go near them. I am more comfortable when there's a glass in-between me and the racoon.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, that must have been quite an experience. I know I'll be a bit frightened. Sometimes, bears get lost in our porch but they are just as scared as us. However, it is still a surprise to see these wild creatures.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Mary, I think this hub is very cute. Raccoons are one of the Top 10 cutest animals in the world and rightly so. Although, I do not go out of my way to feed coons, I do enjoy seeing them in the backyard from time to time.

      I was just outside sitting on the back porch with the yard light on and had a red fox come up to the porch to see what kind of goodies I had tossed out after supper this evening. I did get some pictures, but they didn't turn out great. I love the wild critters.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      A couple of weeks ago I opened the lid of a large dumpster to find a racoon staring back at me. I don't know if it was trapped or just napping, but it didn't seem to be in any hurry to leave. Anyhow, I left the lid open for it. The creature had a very sweet, vulnerable expression that was very disarming but I know they can be vicious. Great hub!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, aesta1, on Oct. 29, at 1:14 p.m., cdst

      I do sincerely apologize for misunderstanding or just for plain not inowing that you are already one of my cherished followers.

      I do Sincerely Thank You for following. I offer no excuse for my ignorance except the medications I have to take for the rest of my life for fibromyalgia and neurothopy which are incurable.

      I am not askiing for your pity, just maybe the meds have affected my memory.

      Again, aesta1, thank you kindly for your following.

      May God bless you.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kenneth, in my account, I am following you so I don't understand what is happening. I just checked before answering.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear aestel1,

      No problem. I apologize for even sending you this comment. I too get that way and very often.

      I am so glad that you wrote about raccoons. I love them. Just wish they were not so mischevious.

      Hey, my inviation for you to follow me is still open.

      Kenneth

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the nudge Kenneth. I really appreciate the compliment and the support. I have to admit I am very slow in replying as just understanding HP right now is overwhelming me a bit.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Aesta1

      Did you see my comment? Or did I overlook your reply? I remember telling you how much I loved raccoons.

      Keep up the fine work.

      Kenneth.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A family once stayed in our daughter's house and when her husband tried to get the tiny one off from the roof, it bit him. The cat food is certainly the attraction.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We too have a racoon...in Phoenix, Arizona of all places! We spot it looking in our sliding patio door late at night. We think it's someone's escaped pet, and it adopted us because we have a pool and because there's a steady supply of cat food that we put out for the strays (we have four). I have a shed where I store my woodworking materials, and we think it's sleeping there during the day, in a narrow space just under the roof.

      Excellent Hub!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Aesta,

      My type of hub. Love raccoons. Wanted one for years for a pet. But too many people gave me friction so I gave up and then wanted to raise a baby crow, but same thing. I love animals and cannot change.

      I will tell you the truth. I really love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

      1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing work.

      2, I loved the way you worded this hub.

      3. Graphics, superb.

      4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

      6. I loved your topic.

      You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Mark Tulin 3 years ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Enjoyed reading about raccoons, but I must admit they scare me. I used to take out my trash at night in Philly and the raccoons used to scare the heck out of me. I often feared that they had rabies and they would attack me. That mask of theirs makes them look so sinister.

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      Hal Gall 3 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      My grandfather used to keep a pet raccoon in a cage in his barn and feed it corn. It was kind of sad, because it got all fat and lethargic from lack of exercise. Raccoons are pretty cool animals, but be careful cornering them, as I have seen them get quite vicious when they feel threatened.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Cute little critters, they are. I do not intentionally feed the raccoons, but every now and then they take what they want. As small as they are, they can be just about as destructive on bird feeders as the bears.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Stephanie36: Last night, we have one getting into our feeder. It looks hungry so I just let it. We understand that though they are close, they are wild so we don't go out there when we see them around.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      I do love racoons, but they can be so nasty if you get on the wrong side of them. We saw a family one day in our backyard, but I was really young and don't remember it well. We also had a couple under our cottage one time...they can really grunt! Scary noises. I got really close to one on a garbage can a few years ago, which was nice. They're cute :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @somebudiesangel2: Maybe but I think they sensed your goodness but just be careful.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @favored: Thank you. There are several hurt raccoons in the sanctuary close to us. I am a bit afraid to care of them on my own.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      We did take care of a hurt raccoon when I was a child. It tore up the cage. Your story would make a good children's book.

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      Tami-Lynn 4 years ago from North Vancouver

      I live in Vancouver and know they can be assertive but i had never heard of an attack until this article.....yikes! No wonder my friends get freaked out that i feed them by hand at the park. I have had 4 or 5 around me at once....I suppose im lucky and naive:)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LiteraryMind: Raccoons really like pet food or maybe, this is often readily available with cats and dogs guiding them. You are right to be careful. I just read in The Economist of a vaccine being developed for rabies and guess on whom they try them? Raccoons.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      My parents set up a cat door in a window, so they wouldn't have to keep letting the cat in and out. My mother came into the rec room to find a raccoon eating the cat's food. Luckily, it took off as soon as it saw her and went out the cat door. That was the end of using the cat. Unfortunately, many raccoon in this area are rabid, so it is best to stay away from them.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: They really do...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They always look so gosh darn adorable and always seem to take great pics LOL

      Great lens!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @TanoCalvenoa: Raccoons have rabies so it is not advisable. When they sense they are being cornered, they will protect themselves.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I could tell so many raccoon stories. They live in my neighborhood and try to steal pet food, amongst other things. I remember in Yosemite they would walk on the trails next to people, and I reached down and touched one. I was 12 years old, not sure if that was a good idea.

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      tech-hunter 4 years ago

      I think raccoons are so intriguing, cool images.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DebMartin: I think these raccoons know we will not harm them.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Coffee-Break: I remembered this in Ottawa when a family of raccoons lived in our neighbour's garage. Garbage are always spread out.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SBPI Inc: I do think they respond to kindness. In the spring, you can see they really need supplement.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @lesliesinclair: That must have been really something. These coats used to be really popular. Just think of the early settlers getting warmth from these.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LoriBeninger: In the cottage, we just have to live with the wild. We have thought of ways to stop them but we just can't do some of those we thought of so continue just watching each other.

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      I love these creatures - they are so cute - but believe that wild should be wild and we should not feed them directly. We had one come into the house through our dog door and steal dog food for a few nights...until we equipped our house with an electric dog-door (and a battery-operated control device on our dogs' collars).