Raccoon Behaviour as Fall ApproachesRaccoons mate during the period of January to June, with activities typically peaking around February. As fall approaches the female raccoons seek warm dens to give birth and nurse. Baby raccoons remain in gestation for a little over sixty days. After birth, they remain with their mothers for up to twelve weeks, after which they seek out their own dens. As fall gets closer, the cool temperatures trigger raccoons to seek out warm spaces to spend the long cold season. [caption id="attachment_15595" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Raccoons are nocturnal and do most of their food gathering at night.[/caption]
Raccoon Signs During Cold SeasonsYou can safely assume that a raccoon is living somewhere in your home if you notice the signs below:
- You hear ‘foraging’ sounds outside and inside your home.
- You wake up to find that your garbage is overturned and ransacked each day.
- You notice tracks (raccoon tracks resemble tiny human hands) and scratches around your property.
- You hear ‘raccoon calls’. Raccoons make a purring sound. Snarling and growling sounds are also attributed to raccoons.
- Raccoon droppings on your property. Raccoon droppings appear crumbly and flat toward one end and sometimes you can see traces of food in it. These droppings often carry dangerous bacteria and can be found at the base of trees since the animals habitually defecate before climbing. Indoors, you will find the droppings some distance away from the den as raccoons have catlike bathroom habits.