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Raccoons Adapting to Urban Milwaukee Living

Nature’s bandits are making their mark on cities around the world and Milwaukee is no different. Raccoons can be seen scuttling across streets, in green spaces and sometimes inside buildings. Their handiwork is evident in countless areas throughout the city. These damages combined with other adverse effects of raccoon presence in residential spaces have prompted the requests for raccoon removal among Milwaukee homeowners.

Wisconsin is a raccoon state with the animals being present almost everywhere. But not every animal is able to thrive in urban settings, in fact, the spread of urban settlements has been blamed for the demise of many plant and animal species. So it leads one to wonder what is it about raccoons that make them adapt so easily to the city life?

The Key to Raccoons’ Survival in the Urban Space

One very big part of the explanation is the raccoon’s opportunistic diet. Animals with strict diets won’t thrive in the city because they simply won’t find the food they’d eat in the wild. Raccoons though, eat just about anything; vegetation, garbage, insects, and even dead animals. As long as their body can process it as food, raccoons will consume it.

Raccoons adapt easily to city life because they are also opportunistic nesters. They habitually use existing dens made by other animals instead of creating their own. In the wild, hollowed out trees trunks and caverns under rocks provide the ideal shelter for the raccoons. In the human residential space, attics, garages (which they access when doors are left open) and crawls spaces are among the favorites for raccoons to use for nesting purposes. They also occupy the spaces below decks and in sheds.

In addition to the fact that raccoons adapt easily to urban life, they are protected by wildlife preservation legislation and regulations. This means that residents are limited in the measures that they can take to handle their raccoon related issues. Culling, trapping and using poisons are strictly prohibited. These and other restrictions allow raccoons populations to thrive in cities.

Keeping Raccoons Away From your Space

Homeowners should try to address raccoon issues as soon as possible. Allowing a raccoon invasion to continue can be quite costly in the final analysis. In seeking food and establishing dens, raccoons damage parts of buildings (like the insulation in your attic) and this can be expensive to repair or replace. Additionally, the animals and their waste matter are conduits for diseases like rabies, leptospirosis, and roundworm.

For effective raccoon removal, Milwaukee residents should contact Skedaddle. Your raccoon problem can be solved effectively by Skedaddle’s team of expert humane wildlife animal removal team. Skedaddle uses methods that are backed by expert knowledge of raccoon biology and behavior. We also ensure that our methods limit or eliminate potential harm to raccoon offspring, especially considering that many times, raccoons that invade homes are actually nesting mothers. After removal is completed, we offer protect and prevent services comprising mainly of tools and techniques designed to prevent raccoon invasion of homes.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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