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Aww, isn't he cute?

Raccoons may look nice and cute, but they're far from friendly. When threatened or provoked  they can become very aggressive and attack. Especially if there are young kits near by. Never try to handle or remove raccoon on your own as they can transmit disease.

RACCOONS ARE STRONG, curious, and persistent critters who can tip over and pry open the most securely fastened trash cans. They can scratch and claw their way into attics, pull down fences, and push open the doors of poultry coops, where they wreak considerable havoc. They can climb a porch railing, delicately clasp a hummingbird feeder, and slowly drain the contents. Although raccoons favor wooded areas, they obviously have nothing against the broad, treeless pastures that surround us here. Raccoons den in brush piles, rock crevices, hollow trees, haystacks, even thick clumps of cattails. Highly adaptive, they also live very successfully in houses, barns, and abandoned buildings in both rural and densely populated urban areas.Undeniably cute and cuddly-looking and certainly fun to watch, raccoons can nevertheless be extremely vicious. In addition, they are vectors for diseases like encephalitis, tuberculosis, canine distemper, and rabies. There’s no such thing as raccoon repellent, and it’s clear that raccoons don’t scare easily.

Things you can do to Help prevent Raccoons:

Reducing or eliminating access to all outdoor sources of water, shelter, and food, including uneaten pet food;

Screening chimneys and foundation vents, repairing attic holes, and blocking off pet doors at night;

Storing trash in containers with tight-fitting lids and keeping the containers in a garage or shed until collection day. If that’s not possible, tie, clasp, or otherwise fasten the containers to a rack to keep raccoons from tipping them over.

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