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Young Raccoons Beginning To Venture Outside Of Den

Young raccoons usually will remain in their natal den until they are eight to ten weeks old.  Around this time they start to eat solid food, grow very rapidly and begin to explore at night with their mother.  Usually in late August and September they begin to go out on their own but the family gathers in the fall and dens together through the winter before dispersing in the spring.

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7 responses

  1. Louise Garfield

    Hello Mary, I have an ID question: it is about a sound from a being high in the trees, a sort of inhaled hiss, with an abrupt ending-perhaps 3 seconds? I heard it last evening before dark, and either “it” moved, or there were several as I tried to spot it. I have tried to ID in the past–is it a bird, a frog (I have a small seasonal pond which is, wonderfully, staying full !), or mammal? If you have any familiarity, please be in touch. Best to you this wet summer (at least in Putney),Louise

    July 16, 2021 at 9:30 am

    • Julie Hand

      rising Young Barred Owls make a rising zzzziiippp-ing sound. Check out their calls online Mature Barred Owls have a variety of hoots.

      July 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm

  2. Alice

    What an inquisitive little creature.

    July 16, 2021 at 10:14 am

  3. shielaswett

    Hi, Mary! I have always loved raccoons, they are so unique and friendly :-)) I miss YOU, though, and so does our land in Sharon… xxxx Shiela


    July 16, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    • My first thought was a young Barred Owl, which Julie described so well. It’s a unique sound, and once you hear and identify it, you’ll never forget it!

      July 17, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    • Thank you so much, Shiela. I miss you and Sharon as well. I hope you are able to spend a lot of time in Sharon this summer…one of my very favorite spots on earth!

      July 17, 2021 at 10:08 pm

  4. Char Delabar


    July 18, 2021 at 9:09 am

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