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Juvenile Raccoons Dispersing & Adults Mating

3-27-15 raccoon tracks in snow IMG_5071When raccoons emerge from their communal (as many as 23 raccoons) winter dens, which they are doing now, the juveniles (those born last spring) disperse. Young males may travel as far as 170 miles, but usually establish their territories no further than 14 miles from their birth place. Juvenile females usually remain in their birth area, establishing a home range that either overlaps with or is included within the range of their mother. This time of year is also the peak of the breeding season for adult raccoons. Both males and females have multiple mates.

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2 responses

  1. Jean Harrison

    Wow! 170 miles! How do they ever make it?

    March 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    • No idea! But it was a reliable source that I got that figure from!

      March 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm

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