Raccoons are some of the smartest mammals found in North America. They are endearing creatures and can seem very innocent as they and their family shuffle across the road. But, as many a homeowner has experienced, appearances can be deceiving! If you have a raccoon problem, never again let that shuffling, wobbly walk fool you, raccoons are great athletes. They can run that fluffy body at a speeds close to fifteen (15) miles per hour and they are great climbers with the ability to fall 35 feet without being harmed. This works to their advantage while they are running from your garden or if they fall from your eaves while trying to nest in your attic!
Raccoon Biology: Procyon lotor is common in the Missouri, and in Illinois. Raccoons have adapted well to urban environments. Most of the adult raccoons in the Midwest from 10-20 pounds. A litter of usually 4 young are born in spring, and the mother raccoon raises them herself. They separate from her after a period of about 8 months.
Nuisance Concerns: Raccoons are a common pest animal in Missouri. They get into all kinds of mischief. They commonly tip over garbage cans and will pry or tear open anything they find that might lead to food. They commonly steal pet food. They like water, and will often defecate in a swimming pool or remove all of the fish from an ornamental pond. They have no fear of breaking into homes through pet doors or other means. Female raccoons love to live inside of attics, where they will often bear and raise their young. They can cause considerable damage and biohazard once in an attic.