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Raccoons Up & About

3-7-13 raccoon IMG_2452 copyWhile we don’t see raccoons much in the winter, it isn’t because they’ve been hibernating. Rather, during cold spells, they seek shelter, often in hollow trees, where they remain for up to a month at a time in a fairly lethargic state (but not true hibernation). If the temperature at night rises above freezing, raccoons are out foraging. Lately their tracks have been very evident, signaling that their nights of inactivity are coming to an end. There isn’t much food for them to find this time of year, so for the most part they are living off the fat that they accumulated last fall.

3 responses

  1. I saw a raccoon last winter in late Feb., lumbering across the yard. Since we have chickens and ducks, I went out to stop it from approaching their pens. It was very logy, though, so logy it didn’t even seem that afraid of me. It tried climbing a locust tree, but couldn’t seem to manage it. I hope it found some food – just not anyone’s poultry.

    March 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

  2. Marian Boudreault

    ANOTHER fabulous photo Mary….and great info…Roxy will soon be able to check your blog before you post them…at 4 am…keep up the GREAT WORK and congrats on you new award…
    .Marian

    March 8, 2013 at 12:30 am

  3. I came home from work one day to find a set of raccoon tracks leading right up to the front of my house in the middle of suburbia. Not sure where he was going, but I know they are around…they occasionally knock down my birdfeeder and clean out the contents, and one night three young’uns came right up to our sliding glass door in our backyard to say hi!

    March 11, 2013 at 12:41 am

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