Raccoons are one the most common , highly adaptable and intelligent species found in our back yards.
They coexist peacefully with domestic cats and most other wildlife species with the exception of coyotes.
Many people encourage them into their back yards with food, so they can watch their playful
antics. This is never a good idea, since
raccoons soon loose their fear of people and inturn teach this unsafe behavior to their young. This may also encourage females to breed more since there is additional food available. Their natural diet includes rodents, insects, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, birds and the occasional garbage raid. They provide great rodent control so everyone benefits when they are left to hunt instead of looking for a handout.
Their litters can vary from 2 to 6 young depending on the availability of food and density of raccoon population. In California, we have seen newborns come in for care as late as November so people
who consider trapping at this time, may cause the death of these late babies.