IN A TREE
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are commonly found throughout North America, except for the Rocky
Mountains and the Great Basin area of California, Utah and Nevada.
They prefer living in forest areas near streams and lakes, but
are equally at home in suburban and rural areas.
wooded areas they often make their homes in the hollows of large
trees high above the ground. In treeless areas, they can be found
living in wood piles, beneath rocky ledges or even holes in streambanks.
are solitary animals and adults are rarely seen together. In late
winter each male mates with several females, then leaves them
to raise their families alone. The young, usually three or four
in a litter, are born in the spring. Raccoon mothers will protect
and provide care for their young for as long as a year.
nocturnal animals, raccoons are most active late at night and
sleep during the day. Possessing superior night vision, they can
easily find their way around in the dark.
are omnivores, which means they will eat almost any kind of food
including nuts, berries, grain, bird eggs, rodents, insects, and
crayfish. Corn is one of their favorite foods.
winter, raccoons do not hibernate, but may become dormant for
long periods during cold weather.
© 1995 Dianne Harrah, Drawings © 1995, 1999 Bill Harrah.