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Raccoons Still Active

Due to the warm fall and early winter we’ve had this year, raccoons are still out and very active.  They spent the fall building up an extra layer of fat – about one third of their total weight. This layer provides insulation and sustenance when the weather gets seriously cold and they seek dens (hollow trees, underground burrows, etc.) in which to sleep away the harshest winter days. 

Although they do not hibernate, raccoons can sleep for up to a month at a time and escape the inhospitable conditions of winter in the Northeast.  When the weather eases up, they become active again and their tracks are evident in the snow. Although solitary most of the time, raccoons have been known to participate in group denning during the most bitter cold spells. 

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4 responses

  1. Suzy

    Chubby-fying

    Suzy Fried Sent from my iPhone

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    December 17, 2021 at 10:35 am

  2. Alice

    What an adorable face…..& the whiskers & the super adorable ears…and those paws 😃 The Dutch call them ‘wasbear’…..’wash-bear’….

    December 17, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    • Alice

      Oops…spelling is: ‘wasbeer’

      December 17, 2021 at 2:37 pm

  3. May you and all your readers find safe and happy group dens this solstice season!

    December 18, 2021 at 11:13 am

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