With the loss of their natural habitat, wild animals like raccoons, venture to urban, suburban or rural areas more and more often. They are on the move to find shelter and food supplies, and can often try to settle down near your property or even get into your house – for example your attic.
Raccoons are tempted by your garbage, leftover food, or pet food – and if they find an easy accessible food supply, they will want to stay in that area. These mammals may look very cute, but can be a potential danger to your pets and also cause a lot of damage in your home, so it’s important to know the best ways of humane raccoon removal.
Raccoons are omnivores, which means they eat foods of both plant and animal origin. These mammals will be happy eating anything from insects to fruits, or small reptiles to nuts. Wild raccoons’ diet really depends on the place they live in, but these animals will eat pretty much anything that is available to them. That’s the reason why our houses and gardens are such a treat for them. Raccoons are tempted by the food we leave in our gardens or front porches, bowls filled with our pets’ food, and garbage full of leftovers. All of those are easily accessible and can be a reason why the raccoons decide to find shelter near our property or even worse – within our house!
RACCOONS VS DOGS
In general, raccoons are seen as quite vicious animals, however, they rarely attack when unprovoked. These mammals value their safety and won’t get out of their hiding spots just to seek out dogs or other pets to attack. It is important to understand that when a raccoon encounters a dog, their first step will be to get away as far as possible. The aggressiveness shows only when a raccoon feels endangered and has no way of running away back to its hiding place. When cornered, a scared raccoon will act in self-defense – just like any other animal would do.
The only time that a raccoon may attack your dog is when it’s protecting its young and the dog is trespassing into the coon’s territory. That may happen even on your daily walk in a forest, but again – this action would be caused only because a raccoon may feel threatened.
Another reason why there might be a conflict between your dog and a raccoon is your pets’ food. When left unattended outside, it is a real treat for wild animals. Raccoons are intelligent animals that know there is plenty of food in your house. It is essential to remember to bring any food back inside your home and ideally feed your dogs inside so that you are not tempting raccoons to venture into your property.
STEPS TO AVOID CONFLICTS WITH RACCOONS
- Keep your garden clean and tidy
- Get rid of leftover food
- Secure garbage cans
- Bring your pets’ food inside your home
- Keep your pets inside at night
- Feed your pets inside rather than outside