Raccoons are one of the most well-known wildlife animals found in residential neighborhoods today, in fact they have even been lovingly given the nickname “trash pandas” by many. They are even becoming the main subject of commercials, movies and even memes. While raccoons are often seen as being cute and funny, they are still quite mischievous and troublesome to have in the area. Raccoons are actually native to North America, so they have been here for quite some time and have thus adapted to our ever-growing urban areas. Raccoons often live for about 2-3 years in the wild, but have been known to live to 20 in captivity. These creatures are relatively large and can grow to be about 20 pounds. So their short lives in the wild are more often caused by disease than predators.
In the wild, raccoons will live in wooded areas where they have constant access to food and water. They will climb trees and use hollowed out holes or abandoned burrows to live in rather than creating their own. Raccoons are also opportunistic eaters, meaning that they eat anything they are able to - including meats, fruits, and eggs. This makes our suburban areas perfect grounds for them to find food, especially in our trash cans as we throw out all sorts of tempting treats for raccoons. You may have noticed your trash can being overturned and rifled through before, which is a good indicator of raccoons in the area.
Raccoons are nocturnal animals so they are more active during the evening times, but it is not uncommon for them to be out during the day as well. While many think that this means that particular raccoon has rabies, it is not always the case. Raccoons will commonly try and sleep through the winter, and hide from inclement weather.