'rascally' raccoon, sleeps, usually, in the day time, gets up
sometime after dark and starts 'trash can' hopping in search of
tasty morsels. In his quest he can get very noisy, turning over
cans, fighting with other raccoons, running across roof tops, and climbing
up and down rain gutters.
This animal is a very
opportunistic inquisitive creature and unbelievably strong (they can
climb straight up a gutter spout) In their search for a den to
stay in for a brief over 'nighter' or a nursery to raise their
young, they can destroy a lot of property. They will tear off
inexpensive chimney caps,
tear off loose siding to gain access to chimney enclosures, open
soffits or attic vents/fans to gain access to the attic. A
male raccoon may live in your attic for several years without your
being aware until you one day look into the attic and smell his
'bath room'. But a female with her young can sound like a heard of
cattle with their running, jumping, play fighting and squabbling. If
you have stored anything in the attic and a raccoon has been there a
while, don't be surprised with the destruction you will see. Just
about anything and everything that can be opened will be opened.
Remember: When dealing with a
raccoon, if cornered, with their many very sharp teeth and powerful
sharp claws, it can be 20 to 40 lbs of fighting terror . They are
also a prime carrier of Rabies.
They can be cute, laughable, and
enjoyable to watch while they are being fed but they can suddenly
change their demeanor if you stop feeding while they are still
hungry, you get between a mother and her young, or if they think
they are threatened.