Recently, Seaside Park has seen an increase in our raccoon population. The following is a summary of an article called Living With Wildlife: Raccoons by Russell Link.
Facts about Raccoons:
When it comes to food and feeding habits, raccoons typically exhibit the following:
- Raccoons will eat almost everything however they do tend to like clams, fish, frogs, fish and snails more.
- Raccoons also eat insects, dead animals, vegetation, garbage and pet food.
Raccoons will typically look for and use the following when it comes to den sites and resting sites:
- Abandoned burrows, large rock piles or holes in trees.
- Attics, crawl spaces, chimneys, abandoned vehicles, and abandoned houses.
- Raccoons will move from one site to another without any specific pattern
Tracks, Scratch Marks, and Similar Signs
- Look for tracks in sand, mud, or soft soil, on deck railings as well as look for smudge marks on the sides of your house.
- Look for wear marks, body oils, hairs on wood and other surfaces around the edges of den entrances.
- Raccoons create toilet areas away from their nesting area
- Raccoons make many different noises
Here are some ways to prevent conflict between you and raccoons:
- Modify the habitat around your home so that you do not attract raccoons
- Do not feed raccoons
- If you feed them and they get used to being fed they will count on your kindness and become aggressive if you stop feeding them.
- Do not give raccoons access to garbage
- Keep garbage can lids locked or secure with a chain, rope, bungee cord or weights.
- If you have a dumpster keep lid closed because raccoons will climb in and will not be able to get out due to the texture of the walls.
- Keep pets indoors at night
- Make sure to clean barbeque grills and grease traps after each use
- Try not to keep your pets food outside
- Do not feed raccoons
If you come in contact with a raccoon do the following:
- Stand up tall, shout and wave your arms
- Throw stones or use a hose to scare them off if they do not respond to the above
- If a raccoon still does not leave and acts strange as if drunk or disoriented it may be sick or injured. At this point, please call Berkeley Animal Control at 732-797-1413.
- If raccoons need to become evicted from your house, property or neighboring abandoned home do not smoke them out instead put a radio on a loud talk show radio. This will annoy them and they will leave.
- Do not trap raccoons and transfer them. They will come back or more will come to replace them.